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Poughkeepsie voters to decide on $98M schools project before general election

City of Poughkeepsie residents will soon cast votes that will impact the future for themselves and their children.



a person standing in front of a brick building: Poughkeepsie Middle School on July 1, 2019.


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Poughkeepsie Middle School on July 1, 2019.

Soon after, residents around the country will head to the polls for the general election.

The Poughkeepsie City School District is holding a bond vote on Oct. 20, two weeks before the presidential election, asking residents to approve one of two capital improvement plans, which would cost roughly $48 million or $98 million, depending on the option favored.

The propositions were originally planned to be included in the spring’s school budget votes, but the district removed them from the ballot amid the uncertainty surrounding the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which all budget votes were postponed from May to June.



a bench in front of a brick building: Dilapidated steps are pictured at Clinton Elementary School.


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Dilapidated steps are pictured at Clinton Elementary School.

Superintendent Eric Rosser acknowledged that rescheduling the proposition

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