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Salem school officials discuss new storage garage

SALEM — The passage of the district’s $75 million high school renovation project means officials are also hoping to move forward with a smaller project in the near future.

During the budget discussions for the 2014-15 school budget, Superintendent Michael Delahanty proposed a new $199,850 maintenance garage to store much of the equipment and supplies related to past and present facility renovations in the district.

The structure would also replace an existing garage at the high school that will be demolished early in the renovation project at the high school.

During budget negotiations in the winter, the town Budget Committee cut the money for the new maintenance facility from the school budget.

At the time, however, Delahanty said the money for the garage project could be paid for through savings in the current year’s budget.Now, as the district hits the three-quarter mark of the fiscal year, School Board member Michael Carney said it is coming up on the time to discuss the funding for the project.“Do we want to do it this year in this budget or do we want to wait?” Carney asked. “I would rather do it sooner than later.”

Now that the high school renovation project is a reality, Carney said it is a necessity to get the storage facility built.

“I’m going to recommend trying to pay for it in this budget,” said Delahanty.

Carney said he would like to see the discussion on paying for the storage facility placed on the agenda for April.

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