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Hollis residents divided on school proposal
A final vote on the plan will take place next month.
School officials said there might be some state building aid available to assist with the project, though it's too soon to tell.The first year's payment on the 20-year bond would be $143,000.
The bond as proposed represents lengthy efforts on the part of the district's athletic facilities study committee, the state School Administrators Association and interim Superintendent John Moody.
Supporters of the budget item noted the high school is currently at 98 percent capacity, leaving little wiggle room for specific space needs.
Peter Baker said he'd prefer to see such large projects appear as separate warrant articles.
Eric Powers said he was hesitant to support a 20-year bond, noting, "Some of the items this bond includes aren't going to last 20 years."
Resident Adelaide Saunders agreed.
"If we fall behind on (a bond), it would take us a long time to catch up," Saunders said. "I do think if this bond item could be broken up into separate sections, it would have a much greater chance of passing."
"Right now we have the ability to work in a favorable debt market," Carr said. "So I think this just makes good business sense and would actually be a prudent way to handle the situation."
"And I've never seen such a small cafeteria in my life," Walsh said. "We need this field, we need the education space."
"Our fields are by far the worst," she said. "It's not an issue about keeping up with Bedford or Oyster River. It's about safety. I worry about twisted ankles."
Voting on all warrant items will take place at Town Meeting, held at Hollis Brookline High School, on Wednesday, March 12.
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