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Murray wants 'new ways of doing business'

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Michael Murray Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
June 09, 2009
Committee candidate Michael Murray, the most important thing the board can do in the near future is correct mistakes of the past.

The biggest of those, he said, was renovating the old high school rather than building anew.

"I wanted a new school 21 years ago," Murray said. "I think the community needs a new school to help it attract business … help the ailing real estate business. I don't think people understand how important education is to the town's health and wealth."

A fair chunk of that wealth now flows out of town, paying for school choice tuition. Murray said he thinks the number of Southbridge students going to Bay Path, being homeschooled and going to other public schools has grown over the last four years. As an example, he noted that his under-14 soccer team had "kids from seven different high schools," yet all were Southbridge residents.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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