Todd Playground Project Easily Wins Voters' OK

Light turnout approves $160,000 outlay for an improved K-2 recreation area.

Briarcliff Manor voters agreed overwhelmingly Tuesday for the youngest members of the family.

The vote was 139-39, including 14 absentee ballots that split 11-3 in favor of the project to replace the former K-2 play area.

School Superintendent Neal S. Miller announced the results in a nearly empty Todd gymnasium shortly after polls closed at 9 p.m. They had been open since 6 a.m., averaging a voter every five minutes or so.

Asked whether the results had been as expected, Miller said only, “As hoped.”

He was joined in his late-night vote vigil by school board Vice President Jennifer Rosen.

The refurbished K-2 playground will be put out to bid almost immediately, school officials said, and could be ready for incoming students by next month.

A teacher/parent committee drew plans for the new playground, which will replace the aging play area’s pea gravel surface with a rubberized fall zone.

The $160,000 will come from money previously budgeted for school expenses but never spent.

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