Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES is appealing to its 18 member districts to chip in to cover the $19 million cost of capital improvements at the cooperative’s Yorktown Heights campuses.
“One of the challenges that districts are facing, obviously is with the tax cap,” Assistant Superintendent Tom Higgins said. “They have some real budget challenges, so certainly that is an issue they are looking at. But I think many of the boards that we’ve spoken with, they recognize the dollars that they’ll spend go to updating buildings that hold facilities of necessity.”
The 18 member districts would divvy the cost, minus BOCES’s own $900,000 contribution, by measures based generally on enrollment and relative wealth. Here’s the schedule for each that includes the three annual payments each would make over the span of the project. Bedford, Lakeland and Chappaqua would pay the most; Garrison and Haldane the least.
Higgins said approval is sought from all districts by next month. Read the full story this weekend in The Journal News.
File photo: Educators attend an autism seminar the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES campus in Yorktown.
Updated to correct districts that would pay the most for the improvements.