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Standard And Poor’s Issues AAA Rating For Pelham Public Schools

Standard and Poor’s Global has reaffirmed the Pelham Union Free School District’s AAA credit rating.
Standard and Poor’s Global has reaffirmed the Pelham Union Free School District’s AAA credit rating. Photo Credit: File Photo

PELHAM, N.Y. -- Pelham Union Free School District has a reaffirmed AAA credit rating and stable outlook, according to a Nov. 22 report of Standard and Poor’s Global.

The rating agency cited the district’s “low-to-moderate” overall net debt, good financial management practices, stable financial performance with strong reserves and access to New York City for this rating, the firm's highest, according to an announcement.

The credit rating will allow the district to secure the lowest possible interest rates on bonds, said Superintendent Peter Giarrizzo.

"But is also a testament to the careful financial management that our former and current Boards of Education have employed for years," Giarrizzo said. "This careful planning has provided us the resources to continue offering a robust academic program for our students."

In the report, the district's overall debt is considered low and the per-capita debt of $2,770 is considered moderate. The district is expected to retire nearly three-quarters of its debt within the next 10 years.

The review considered the $3 million bond that was approved by residents last spring for renovations to the high school locker rooms and electric panels, and determined it would not have any impact on the AAA rating.

“We do not consider this planned issuance material,” S&P wrote. “In addition, we do not believe it will have an effect on our view of the district’s debt profile.”

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