Josh RhodenDec 6, 2017, 11:57 pmDec 7, 2017, 1:43 pm

Tuckahoe voters reject multi-million dollar bond proposal to renovate school district

School officials have to come up with a new plan to fund much-needed renovations

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EAST CHESTER — Westchester parents are anxious to know how their school district will address overcrowding and other issues that require funding after voters decided to reject a multi-million dollar bond proposal on Tuesday night.

William Santiago has a kindergartner with special needs at William E. Cottle Elementary School. He worries that his daughter won't get the attention she needs due to overcrowding in the district.

"It's important for us to have the resources, and that's one of the reasons why we picked this school district. We wanted to have the ratio; that's very important to us," East Chester resident William Santiago said.

The rejected plan would have raised money for more classrooms and paid for renovations to gymnasiums and libraries in the school system.

If voters had approved the proposal, it would have raised property taxes by an additional $600 per year.

"The board of education and administration will be working hard during the upcoming months to develop contingency plans that address our schools' needs. I will certainly provide updates as decisions are made," the district's superintendent said in a statement.

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