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Remember: Vote on School Budgets, Boards May 20



In addition to the Pearl River school board's proposed $63.07 million spending plan for 2014-15, which carries an estimated property tax decrease of 2.3 percent, there is a second spending proposition on the ballot Tuesday. 

This is about the apartment building on the property the district bought in 2010 on West Crooked Hill Road. The district did consolidate administration offices there and expand the high school as planned. 

The building has two studio apartments, 4 one-bedroom apartments, and 4 two-bedroom apartments. Now district officials want to sell the 10 units individually, as condominiums. 

It's on the ballot because under state law, voters must approve the sale of district-owned property. 

The property has been sub-divided and all necessary paperwork has been filed with the NYS Attorney General’s office to convert the building into condominiums, school officials said. 

They hope to make about $1.5 million total, which would go to pay down the debt district taxpayers incurred when the property was bought.  

Also on the ballot is Trustee Thomas DePrisco, who has held a seat on the Pearl River Board of Education for six years and is running unopposed for a third term. 

Trustees serve 3-year terms and are unpaid. 

Vote between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. at Pearl River High School, Pirate Cove.

In the South Orangetown schools, polls are open from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. The trustees have proposed a spending plan for 2014-15 of $86.4 million. Two incumbent trustees are running unopposed for re-election.
  • Guy DeVincenzo
  • Leon Jacobs

Polling places for the May 20, 2014, Budget Vote & Board of Education Election in South Orangetown are:

District #1 – Blauvelt Residents – South Orangetown Middle School
District #2 – Orangeburg Residents – Tappan Zee High School
District #3 – Tappan Residents – William O. Schaefer School
District #4 – Grandview, Palisades, Piermont, & Sparkill Residents – Tappan Zee Elementary
Harvey Cedars May 19, 2014 at 07:35 PM
Has the BOE explained why they want to sell them individually vs all at once to one investor or developer? Will PRSD have to serve as the Property Manager until all ten units are sold?
Lanning Taliaferro May 20, 2014 at 03:49 PM
I've added information about the South Orangetown school district board and budget vote to this article.

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