Carmel Voters Reject School Bond
By a 2-1 margin, residents in the Carmel School District rejected a $4.9 million bond referendum Friday that called for repairs and replacement of infrastructure at Carmel High School.
The vote was 368 in favor and 739 opposed.
A disappointed Board of Education President Richard Kreps expressed surprise: "This was a good responsible project to be defeated by such an overwhelming majority of voters."
Superintendent of Schools James Ryan also called the result astounding: "The board and administration created a responsible capital projects proposal that is definitely needed. To couple that with needed improvements to the turf field, track and bleachers made sense. People are just tired of the current tax situation facing us all in New York State. There was nothing extravagant in the proposal."
Ryan also credited voter apathy to the rejection: "With more than 20,000 eligible voters in our district and just over 1,100 voting, something is wrong. To top it off, our community lost the ability to have gained 55.8 percent in state aid. This was like getting a coupon from Kohl's or Macy's with a message: 'Buy this at 55 percent off.'"
Ryan said the Board of Education would be meeting later this month to determine "where we go from here."