Beacon Votes Yes to School Improvements from Capital Project - A Trend With Other Districts

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Hot off the Beacon City School District's Twitter account, Beaconites voted to approve the Capital Project that includes designing a modernized science room at Rombout Middle School, ripping out old carpet from several classrooms, fixing doors, turf for sports, and other improvements. Voter turnout was 480 Yes to 98 No. When this writer voted at 2pm, the total number of voters was at 95. It was a long election day. Details about the Capital Project are here.

Nina Schutzman of the Poughkeepsie Journal, who covers education for the newspaper, looked at Beacon City School District, Red Hook Central School District and Spakenkill election results and noticed that this year produced a higher voter turnout than other years, as well as majority votes of Yes in these districts to approve their Capital Projects. Voters approved the Red Hook Central School District's $10 million capital plan with 1,637 Yes to 615 No, according to Nina. Quoting the Spackenkill's Board of Education President, Nina reported that their $24 million capital plan passed 882 Yes to 385 No.

Beacon Superintendent Matt Landahl tweeted his approval: "The Beacon City School District capital project passed today with 480 yes votes and 98 no votes. Thanks to the community for the support of the project!" According to Dr. Landahl, the next steps for the district include going through a review process by the state, and seeking bids. "Most construction will take place during the summer of 2019.  We put out for bids around January 2019 give or take.  The state has a lengthy review process before we begin but the planning work with architects, engineers, district staff and board members begins immediately."