YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, the Yonkers City Council and the Yonkers Board of Education are on a mission to rebuild Yonkers schools and have announced a $2 billion campaign calling on the state to form a partnership that’s consistent with the successful reconstruction programs in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.
They are also asking for residents, parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone else interested in public education to sign the group's petition and add their name to the campaign to Rebuild Yonkers Schools.
Saying the children's district deserve better than they are receiving, bringing the district's 39 schools up to code, will be a daunting task, but Spano believes that with the help of the state, it can happen. A 2010 state survey determined that only two of the district's buildings were in satisfactory condition.
The first phase of the group's plan includes building three new schools, rebuilding Gorton High School and infrastructure improvements at all schools. The next phases would focus on remodeling all of the district’s school buildings, improving infrastructure and constructing additions.
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