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CCHS Building Project Approved

$92.5 million project is set to proceed following approvals from Concord and Carlisle.

 

There will be a new .

The Special Town Elections in both Concord and Carlisle approved the debt exclusion for the $92.5 million construction project yesterday.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. last night, and by 8:30 Concord's preliminary results showed the project passed with an 84-percent affirmative vote.

At 9:15 p.m., Carlisle announced a final tally of 965 "Yes" votes and 184 "No" votes.

The project passed at last week's by approximately 80-percent, and was passed the following night at 494-14.

A total of 4,234 Concordians, or 34.6-percent of registered voters in town, went to the polls yesterday to cast their ballots. In Carlisle 1,150 voters, or a similar 34.1-percent, came out.

The approval means the Concord Carlisle Regional School District may proceed with the building of a new high school. The Massachusetts School Building Authority has pledged a $28 million reimbursement grant to the project, meaning Concord is responsible for $47.1 million and Carlisle is responsible for $17.4 million of the project.

According to the CCHS Building Committee, construction and bid documents are expected to be prepared in winter 2012; construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2013; the building is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2015.

Patrick Ryan Killeen November 16, 2011 at 05:50 PM
This is great news! However, why doesn't Carlisle have to pony up more?
Christopher Tanguay November 16, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Good question. Those figures are based on a 73:27 assessment ratio; meaning roughly 73-percent of CCHS students are from Concord while approximately 27-percent are from Carlisle. So the remaining cost of the project, after MSBA's $28 million, is divided as such: Concord is responsible for 73-percent of the project, and Carlisle for 27-percent.

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