The Board of Education has asked for $4.9 million for "critical school repairs," and the Board of Directors approved the request in August, but whether or not the town's public schools will ultimately get the funding will be decided by Manchester voters come Election Day.
The money includes funds to replace the roofs at Bowers, Waddell and Verplanck elementary schools, electrical repairs at Manchester High School, and a number of other repairs, but is just a drop in the buck compared to the more than $20 million in repairs Manchester's public schools have been estimated to need.
A separate committee, the School Modernization and Reinvestment Team Revisited (SMARTR), made up of members of the Board of Education, Board of Directors and general public has been appointed to identify long-term repairs and objectives for the school system.
But Manchester Patch wants to know how you feel about the issue? Will you be voting Yes or No come November? Do you feel it's too much money to spend on the town's public schools, or not enough? Are you satisfied with where the money is going?
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This referendum question is in addition to a $12.5 million referendum to expand the Mary Cheney Library that the Board of Directors approved earlier this year.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.