Easthampton votes to fund high school construction project
By Mike LaCrosse
EASTHAMPTON, Mass (WGGB) – The people in Easthampton have spoken to give their town a new high school.
The vote had a nearly three-to-one margin with 3024 voting yes 1167 voting no. Tuesday night 37 percent of voters headed to the polls to vote for the ballot question which now allows the town to raise the $18 million they need to build a new high school.
The $18 million will go toward the projects $43 million price tag with the rest of the money coming from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
The debt exclusion override allows the town to raise taxes to help pay off the loan for the project.
Starting in Jan. 2013 home owners can expect to see a tax increase because of the override.
The new high school will be the town’s first since the early 1960s.
“I can’t tell you enough how excited I am for the community of Easthampton. They voted for this its going to be the future of Easthampton,” said Easthampton School Superintendent Deborah Carter.
“Its all about our kids and about them being able to learn in a fantastic environment,” said high school principal Vito Perrone.
The project will be put out to bid. Once a big is accepted construction will begin. The school is expected to open in the fall of 2013.