North Colonie superintendent recommends $106 M plan

March 20, 2017 11:59 PM

COLONIE - In order to properly educate students in his school district, North Colonie Superintendent Joseph Corr believes first he needs to educate the adults.

"When all are educated, educated well," Corr says, "We as a society benefit."

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To sell a bond proposal, Corr realizes he needs to convince voters that they have a stake in the outcome. That's why he tries to drive home the point that a well-educated populace is essential to a well-functioning democracy.

"I think the decisions that'll be made in May with the vote really do hav a long and lasting impact on this community," Corr asserts.

After voters rejected a $196 million bond act in December, the district anxious to find out why, and then offer up a new plan.

"I think the first vote didn't go as well because I don't think people had all the information," opined Leslie Archer, a long time teacher in the North Colonie district.

Part of the information is that North Colonie is growing, and rapidly. All eight buildings in the district need to be enlarged and upgraded. Better security is also needed.

With a kindergartener and a fifth grader, Marcy DeBicarri seems to understand what's needed.

"They're growing up and coming into this district and the enrollment is increasing so I support what ever the district can do to benefit my children," she says.

Richard Vehlow says he intends to vote in favor of any capital project, even though he has a pretty good idea why some people won't.

"I listened to people in the room and I know there was a lack of information, different demographics," he pointed out, "They're empty nesters or what ever and maybe they felt it was not a value on their tax money."

Leslie Archer offered another opinion.

"They don't even have to have kids in the community. How are we going to benefit with the kids and how are we going to look for the future of our generation," she asks rhetorically, "This should be our legacy."

There were actually two new bond proposals unveiled on Monday night. One of them a $147 million version. The other, recommended by Corr, is a $106 million plan.

Referendum Day is Mary 16th.

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