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With $4 Million From State, $85 Million Schools Referendum Eyed For September

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Board of Education vice president Eva Nagy said the district has been promised at least $3.9 million in grants for the proposed $85 million referendum projects.

An $85 million referendum that would result in a new elementary school and a reconfiguration of the Pre-K to 8th Grade schools could be held in September, now that state grant money has been promised to the district.

That was the word from Board of Education vice president Eva Nagy at the Feb. 20 meeting.

Nagy said the state has committed about $3.9 million to the project, which could be used for school expansion and renovation projects.

The district has not yet heard from the state regarding grants for the project’s centerpiece, a $45 million Pre-K to 4th Grade school on Claremont Road.

But, Nagy said, “there’s more coming.”

“We’ll be taking some action next week to try to get some more money from the state,” she said.

“We’re going to recommend a September referendum be put in place,” Nagy said. “Look for March for the board to discuss this and settle on a date.”

She said if the board doesn’t hold the referendum in September, the next possible date would be Dec. 9.

The district has 18 months to use the money once it is promised by the state, she said.

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