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Burgess renovation to go before the voters

Voters will gather at Burgess Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 19 for a Special Town Meeting, and again the following Monday for a ballot question in order to allocate the appropriate funds for renovations to the circa 1960s school. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
August 31, 2009
STURBRIDGE — Students returned to Burgess Elementary School today, but town officials are hoping it's the parents that fill the school's auditorium for a Special Town Meeting in October.

The Monday, Oct. 19 meeting at 7 p.m., is being held at Burgess — instead of Tantasqua Regional High School where town meetings are usually conducted — to put emphasis on the meeting's topic: the Burgess School building and renovation project.

The Special Town Meeting will address allocation of the necessary funds to begin the project, while a ballot question on the following Monday, Oct. 26, will seek approval of the debt exclusion necessary to spend the dollars that might be approved at the Special Town Meeting.

"Both the approval at town meeting and the debt exclusion vote will be required for the project to go forward," explained Charles Blanchard, a former member of the Board of Selectmen and Vice Chairman of the Burgess School Building Committee. "To remain on the priority list and move forward with the project as planned, it is necessary for the town to approve both."

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