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Sturbridge OKs Burgess School project

Second school ballot vote needed to finalize renovation/construction

October 19, 2009
STURBRIDGE — One vote's down and the Burgess School Building Committee has one more to go to start the ball rolling on the $46 million building/renovation project.

The idea was to emphasize the need for a new school by holding the Special Town Meeting on Monday at Burgess Elementary School, at what turned out to be a game of musical chairs.

The issue of space was certainly highlighted when voters had to be split between two separate rooms to satisfy fire code regulations.

An overflow of attendees in the school's cafeteria were relegated to the gymnasium in order to keep everyone seated, marking the first time in recent history that a town meeting has been split that way.

Voters in the gym returned to the main meeting in the cafeteria after the crowd thinned out following the vote on the Burgess school.

Although the meat and potatoes of the meeting was approval of the $22.6 million required from the town to begin the Burgess project, the two warrant articles that proposed increases in meal and hotel/motel taxes respectively garnered significant discussion as well.

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

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