Hen Hud Rejects “Implementing the Vision” Bond Referendum

A statement from the Hendrick Hudson School District on the bond referendum, which was voted down by residents Wednesday night.

From the Hendrick Hudson School District: The Hendrick Hudson School District announced the voters of Hen Hud have rejected the “Implementing the Vision” Bond Referendum. The bond was defeated 1777 to 977.

The $25 million “Implementing the Vision” bond would have enhanced our academic, athletic and fine arts programs through new science classrooms at both Blue Mountain and the High School, and two new synthetic turf fields and a Community Performing Arts Center.

“Our community has spoken,” remarked Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Daniel McCann.  “While the results are disappointing, it represents the voice of our community. Still though, our needs remain and going forward we will reexamine those needs with the community.

“The democratic process is one of the most important and fundamental functions of our society.  I would like to thank everyone who took part in this important vote.  Many voices were heard, thoughts were shared and as a result I believe we are a better, stronger community.”

Bill December 15, 2011 at 12:06 PM
Sad result. People keep saying it is this economy but they will easily spend money on themselves selfishly and not invest in their community. It was a 2 to 1 vote and the voices were heard I just don't like what they are saying
John Mattis December 15, 2011 at 12:26 PM
After all the misleading statements by the administration, voters did not know what to believe. What they believed, however, was that this bond was too expensive with too many unnecessary "wants" and too few real "needs". Fiscal sanity won over public relations trickery. It's a shame that this vote was not covered by a reporter last night and that we have to rely on a press release for the district comments.
Patty Villanova December 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Wow- your school board is really slick. Coming up with such a nice name for this taxpayer ripoff. I cannot believe the hubris of these educrats who (with the help of the teachers union) tries to foist off these projects on the unsuspecting public during times like this. But then again, it's "for the children."
Albert Boddie December 15, 2011 at 01:12 PM
It is a shame like most voting that it was an all or nothing vote...
Shar December 15, 2011 at 02:51 PM
I wouldn't say the people are NOT investing in the community...my property taxes are $10,000 a year...What do you call it.
Shar December 15, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Patty, Well said! The UNIONs are not pulling the wool over our eyes anymore!
Happiness25 December 15, 2011 at 03:10 PM
The voters definitely live in the real world. There is a BIG difference between needing and wanting.
ss23 December 15, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Don't invest in this community? Really... have you any idea what we pay in taxes? We pay over $20k. Yes, people spend on themselves - Con Edison for heat, food, clothing, auto insurance, clothing. What a ridiculous comment. If this bond was related to necessities only and the administration was honest in their dislcosures, perhaps some of the items could have been approved.
HenHud Supporter December 15, 2011 at 04:52 PM
With such a strong anti-tax sentiment engendered by already high taxes, voters might well have rejected ANY bond that included a tax increase. Unfortunately, anger over union contracts and federally-mandated standards that increase curriculum-based expenses doesn't fix the roof or the septic, much less allow for improvements that bring our facilities into the 21st century. When I look at my personal budget, I realize the difference between what and how I pay for day-to-day bills and what and how I pay for a new roof or an updated kitchen that keeps my house standing and, ultimately, attractive for a future buyer. Hopefully the next bond will be more palatable for voters who also recognize this distinction as it applies to our schools.
Shar December 15, 2011 at 04:59 PM
A school budget is at the present time in place to fix the roof and septic system and any other repairs needed for our schools. So why the over-kill?
Patty Villanova December 15, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Why don't you ask your school board and the other educrats what happened to all the money you've given them in the last 10 years for "maintenance" of your facilities and physical plants? I live in Put Valley and pay over $10K in school tax. I see the same items being budgeted for year after year and they somehow never get done. The money that's supposed to fix the roof or the septic instead goes into the pockets of the almighty teachers union employees for their salaries and benefits, which in case you haven't noticed, are going up by double digits. An interesting statistic I heard today- that the average teacher's salary is TWICE that of the average private sector taxpayer who's providing them with lifetime pensions and bennies. Who's zoomin' who?
Bill December 15, 2011 at 06:59 PM
So we are to believe someone paying 20k in tax is making half of what a teacher is?
Shar December 15, 2011 at 07:17 PM
We the People need to inspect the work and ask for an accounting for the repairs and such, that goes into our schools to make sure our children are getting the benefits.


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