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Newton School Committe bets more than $100,000 on a successful override

Posted by Ralph Ranalli December 20, 2007 12:56 PM

NEWTON

The School Committee is moving forward with plans to build $1.4 million in modular classrooms to address overcrowding at four elementary schools, even though the district can't afford to staff them unless the mayor's proposed tax override passes next year, member Susan Heyman said.

The committee recently approved spending $100,000 to design the four modular classrooms, and could spend another $25,000 in administrative costs to put the construction out to bid next spring. All that money could be lost, Heyman said, if the override fails.

The need for the classrooms is based on a projected enrollment increase of 68 students next fall, Heyman said. Burr and Angier elementary schools would each receive one classroom. Bowen Elementary School would receive a double-decker classroom, and its current single modular classroom would be moved to the Mason-Rice School, Heyman said.

"Although the overall enrollment increase is not huge, it would put these already crowded buildings over the edge," she said.

-- Rachana Rathi

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