Friday, November 23, 2007
Concord votes $29.4 million for new school
Concord voters gave final approval for the replacement of the Willard Elementary School at an estimated cost of $29.4 million at a Special Town Election held Wednesday, November 14. With a 29% voter turnout, the proposal passed with a 64% majority. The vote was not contingent on receiving reimbursement from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).
On November 18, the Boston Globe reported that Concord's Finance Director Anthony Logalbo said that without MSBA reimbursement, "the median local tax bill will go up $370." He said the impact of the school project on Concord taxes would begin in 2010 and continue for 20 years. Concord has two other elementary schools, both of which have been replaced in recent years.
Will it affect CCHS plans?
It is unclear whether the Willard costs will affect Concord's enthusiasm for replacing the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS), a $90 to $100 million project recommended by the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee's (RSC) Feasibility Study Committee in 2005. The RSC submitted a Statement of Interest to MSBA earlier this year, the first step in requesting consideration for roughly 40% reimbursement of the proposed high school project. MSBA rated CCHS in poor condition, and is expected to give an indication within a few weeks of which schools across the state are likely
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