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Voters OK $8.25M bond

Wilton-Lyndeborough consolidates elementary school students in one location

  • A $8.25 million bond for renovation of the local elementary schools passed by a narrow margin at District Meeting on Friday.
  • A $8.25 million bond for renovation of the local elementary schools passed by a narrow margin at District Meeting on Friday.
  • A $8.25 million bond for renovation of the local elementary schools passed by a narrow margin at District Meeting on Friday.
  • A $8.25 million bond for renovation of the local elementary schools passed by a narrow margin at District Meeting on Friday.
  • A $8.25 million bond for renovation of the local elementary schools passed by a narrow margin at District Meeting on Friday.
  • A $8.25 million bond for renovation of the local elementary schools passed by a narrow margin at District Meeting on Friday.
  • A $8.25 million bond for renovation of the local elementary schools passed by a narrow margin at District Meeting on Friday.
  • A $8.25 million bond for renovation of the local elementary schools passed by a narrow margin at District Meeting on Friday.

Renovations to the Wilton and Lyndeborough’s two elementary schools is a reality after a narrow vote at Friday’s district meeting approved both a $8.25 million bond for the project, and to amend the district’s articles of agreement, making the endeavor possible.

The bond will allow the building of an addition at Florence Rideout Elementary School to house grades 1 through 5, and renovating Lyndeborough Central School to house pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students, as well as the district’s SAU offices. Voters just eked past the two-thirds ballot count needed to pass the bond with a 232 yes, 113 no, vote.

Passing with minimal discussion was the district’s operating budget, set this year at $11,550,114. Also passing without much discussion was a teacher contract, which will increase salaries and benefits by $105,151 in the coming year, by $87,132 in the 2015-16 year, and by $85,078 in the 2016-17 year.

Articles asking permission for a special meeting to reconsider the teacher’s contract, and for $250,000 to make repairs to Florence Rideout if the bond was not passed, were tabled in light of the bond and teacher contracts being approved.

Full coverage of Friday’s district meeting will be featured in Tuesday’s Ledger-Transcript.

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