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With passage of high school project, Salem district ready to roll
The project passed at the ballot on Tuesday by a margin of 4,109 to 1,557.
“It is with a sense of awe and humble appreciation that the Salem School District, its staff and students extend their appreciation to the citizens of Salem for their overwhelming support of the district on Tuesday,” said School Board Chairman Bernard Campbell. “Not only did the proposed renovation to Salem High School pass with astounding support, the district’s budget and its collective bargaining agreements were shown strong support as well. It is incumbent now on the district and its officials to justify the confidence citizens have placed in them by implementing the plans as approved. The district is pledged to meet the challenge.”For over a year, the School Board and the administration have been putting the pieces in place in anticipation of approval for the project.
Delahanty said the anticipated hard costs of the project total about $58 million, with additional soft costs such as furniture, equipment and project management bringing the total cost of the project close to $75 million.
With the major players in place, Campbell said there is much work to do with groundbreaking still a year away.
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