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Hollis voters reject school proposal
On March 3, the initial $5.6 million bond for school improvements was also rejected, though the majority of voters later made the move to reconsider the matter.
“We’ve basically started from scratch again,” meeting moderator Jim Murphy said at the start of Wednesday’s meeting.
School Board Chairman Tom Solon said he supported the bond, noting the high school’s current space concerns.
“Accreditation matters,” Solon said. “We’ve maintained it for many years and the loss of it would be very different than if we had never had it.”
A motion by Brookline resident Paul Valente to postpone a decision and instead open up an all-day poll at the high school over the weekend drew much discussion, but was ultimately shot down.
“We’ve already been sprung with multiple meetings,” Lewis said. “I had to cancel plans so I could be here tonight.”
Over the entire life of the bond, the total impact would have been $563 for a Hollis citizen and $754 for a Brookline citizen, Mann said.
“For the sake of our schools, the community and the kids, I ask you to support this bond,” he said.
Grant’s father, Ken Johnson of Brookline, echoed his son’s sentiments.
“They draw great teachers and help build vibrant towns,” Ken Johnson said. “I’ve seen towns wither and die when the town’s core, the school, is not supported.”
“We have 98 percent of our students going to college, many of them in the top 300 schools,” the Brookline resident said. “All the while, these past eight years, we’ve been dealing with NEASC.”
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