The Port Washington School Board will vote on Jan. 13—at its next regular meeting—about whether to ask residents to endorse a $69 million bond for capital improvements and repairs to district properties.
The bond would require a majority vote from district residents, with polling taking place on March 10.
While the board was previously preparing for $77 million dollar bond, adjustments and improvements have been made to the plans and it now reflects the $69 million total.
Board members have said there is no choice but to seek the funds for improvements that cannot be covered by the annual budget. The bond issue is not popular with many residents, who say salaries of teachers and administrators should be cut, or at least moderated, to make up some of the cost. There is also concern that the board is being too ambitious with the scope of projects and improvements to be covered by the bond. Board members have defended their plans as being necessary for upkeep of buildings and grounds, as well as adding some necessary elements to the district. [Read more...]