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Friday, November 6, 2009

Another meeting on Doyle Middle School project

The Board of education has scheduled a special meeting of its Facilities Committee for Tuesday, Nov. 10 to discuss the proposed nearly $50 million re-construction project at Doyle Middle School. 

The meeting is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Based on the way the district plans to structure the repayment of its debt, officials are anticipating only a “minor tax impact, if any,” according to Board of Education Vice President Anne Wager-Rounds. Proposed financing for the project is currently dependent on annual state building aid as well as a $3.4 million state EXCEL grant.

The board must decide between options to move students to one of the district’s elementary schools, move some of them to the high school, or to contrast modular classrooms for at least half of the student body.

However, leaving even half of the students in the building during partial construction could extend the project time from 19 to 30 months, according to consultants working on the project.

Public input is encouraged.


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