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Burgess vote is set for Monday

Building panel: This may be last chance for state funds

October 21, 2009
STURBRIDGE — After a resounding majority of voters at Monday's Special Town Meeting supported the Burgess Elementary School building and renovation project, Sturbridge residents are being asked to cast their votes once again to capitalize on what the School Building Committee says is a one-time offer.

The special election, is necessary in any situation that requires the town to borrow money for capital projects, will be held Monday, Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the south gymnasium at Burgess.

"We're really looking at this as our one shot to get approval from the town," said Angela Cheng-Cimini, chairman of the building committee.

Currently on the table is an offer from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to fund slightly more than half of the $46.9 million renovation and construction project.

Cheng-Cimini explained that once MSBA made their offer at the end of September, a stopwatch started ticking away, putting a deadline on Sturbridge to either accept or reject the $24.2 million grant.

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

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