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NYC Prep Schools Binge on Debt to Lure Rich With New Pool, Labs

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The college building boom is coming to New York City’s elite private schools.

With interest rates poised to rise, the Ivy League stepping stones are selling tax-exempt debt at the fastest pace in over a decade to keep their edge. Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn and La Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi near Central Park plan to sell almost $150 million of bonds to pay for projects, including a new six-lane pool and musical ensemble rooms.