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Capital project unofficially defeated

Dec. 19, 2017

Voters in the Monticello Central School District unofficially defeated a $100 million capital improvement project on Tuesday, Dec. 19 with 453 “no” to 423 “yes” votes.

The project would have addressed critical and necessary repairs at each district building, reopened the Cornelius Duggan Elementary School and made extensive renovations to the high school.

The Board of Education will meet in the coming weeks to review the results of an exit survey which residents were invited to take after voting, and to plan the next steps for this project. It could put the same project up for a re-vote in the future or make modifications and ask the public to vote on a new proposal. The Board could also choose to abandon plans for a capital improvement project, however, the district’s latest building condition survey indicates the districts’ facilities are in major need of repair.

“Although we are disappointed that this project did not pass, we will use the data collected in the exit survey to guide our next steps,” Superintendent of Schools said. We have an existing bond maturing in 2019. We are hopeful that we have not missed the window of opportunity to replace that bond with a new bond to finance this project, thus preserving our state aid.”

The district will update the public on this process via its website and social media channels.