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Special TM takes on school, tax, water issues

October 05, 2009
STURBRIDGE — For added emphasis, the upcoming Special Town Meeting will be held at Burgess Elementary School.

The Monday, Oct. 19 meeting was initially scheduled to vote on the funding option for that school's building/expansion project, though seven additional topics were added to the meeting's agenda in the days before the warrant closed.

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) agreed to a 57.92 percent, or approximately $24.2 million, reimbursement for the $46.9 million project.

The final decision on whether or not Sturbridge will foot the remaining portion of the bill — the additional $22 million — will take place at the Town Meeting, and a secondary necessary approval will be sought in a special election, to be conducted on the following Monday, Oct. 26.

According to Interim Town Administrator Michael Racicot, this is the prime time to jump on the project that would introduce 58 individually delineated classrooms, and increase the school's overall footprint from 109,000 square feet to 129,000 square feet.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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