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Vote Tuesday for or against CCHS feasibility study

The $1.3 million study passed in Carlisle, now it's Concord's turn

Tuesday, June 8 is election day in Concord for one question: do you want to pay for a feasibility study and schematic design for renovations to Concord-Carlisle High School?

The question passed at Town Meeting in April, but since it involves a debt exclusion, or temporary tax increase, the measure needs to pass at Town Meetings in Concord and Carlisle and at the polls in both towns.

Carlisle voters passed the study some weeks ago.

Superintendent Diana Rigby said "in order to receive state reimbursement, we need to have a positive vote."

She said the town has submitted applications to the state's School Building Assistance Board (SBAB) a total of three times, including the latest application.

"It wasn't until the latest time that the state responded and said 'we are interested in partnering with you,'" said Rigby.

She said in order to receive the estimated 30 to 40 percent reimbursement for the school renovation, the town needs to follow certain steps, including a feasibility study.

Polls open in Concord at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

The Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee is strongly in favor of the study, in part because of its ability to work with the SBAB.

"If we don't get the vote, we don't get the reimbursement," said Rigby. "It is critical to get that vote."

She said while the feasibility study and schematic designs are approximately $1.3 million, the whole project is many millions.

"It is a substantial project," said Rigby.

The study and schematic design are part of a master plan for the school that the state's SBAB has sanctioned.

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