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School Security Project Pulled Back, No Longer Up for Vote in March

$4.8 million project was to upgrade and replace several security and safety components in every school.

The Wayne public school district will not go out for a bond referendum on a multi-faceted safety and security project.

The Board of Education approved a measure Thursday night rescinding the affirmative vote trustees cast at its meeting Jan. 16. Residents were going to vote March 11. 

“We remain confident that students are quite safe in all schools,” Superintendent Ray Gonzalez said in a blog entry posted Monday on the district website. “The proposed improvements represent needed upgrades to further strengthen our security, surveillance, and communication systems, as well as an opportunity to have the state fund 40 percent of the project.”

Gonzalez could not be immediately reached for further comment. Board of Education President Laura Stiziano did not return a message seeking comment.

If the referendum was approved, the district would have bonded the entire cost of the $4.8 million project. It would have received a state grant to cover 40 percent of the cost, or about $1.9 million. The district would have received the money as the project was completed.

The remaining $2.9 million would have been financed through the district’s annual budget. Officials previously said the project would not have impacted the 2014-15 budget.

"While the proposed upgrades are important, the decision was made to ensure voters would be casting ballots on spending for upgrades with full information on the upcoming budget's tax impact," Gonzalez said in the blog post.

Since the state has already given approval for the referendum to take place, Gonzalez said in the post that it “remains a possibility” the referendum could to out to voters this September or next January.

The project was slated to cost the average homeowner about $12 in taxes annually.

Safety and security upgrades were to have been done at every school. New security access terminals, video and, intercom systems were to be installed at eight of them; surveillance systems, doors, and fire alarm systems were also to be installed.

Security vestibules and additional motion sensors were to be installed in several buildings and main offices were to have been moved.

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joann ranalletti January 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Pad, Rumor in the system has it that this person went off on a leave of absence in Dec.2012. Whether the person ever returned I do not know. The admin and BOE were made aware of this person's arrest, suspension and license removal in NY by a parent in early 2012.
Jack Q January 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Joann, the question to be asked is, was it a paid leave or unpaid leave?
joann ranalletti January 28, 2014 at 06:34 PM
Jack Q That appears to be one of the many best kept secrets of the admin and BOE. Eventually someone will leak it out. Knowing this BOE and the big spender it was probably paid!
Pad January 30, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Well, is she on a paid leave of absence on taxpayers money since Dec of 2012? Why hasn't the Wayne BOE terminated her? This was a felony conviction. How did she get hired here and who was responsible for hiring her? I think these questions need to be answered. Leave of absence so I guess she can come back to work? This is what I mean when I say there is so much corruption and information that is kept from the public by those in charge at Nellis Drive. Wayne taxpayers beware of what goes on there. All they tell you is fluff and the scandals and the dirt are left out in all their PR info.
Pad January 30, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Enter her name in the website that list public workers salaries. But it may not be current for the year 2013.

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