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TELL US: Are You For or Against the $4.9 Million Referendum for School Repairs?

Manchester voters will have their say come Election Day in November, but Patch wants to know how you feel about the issue now!

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.

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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? 

Share your thoughts with your neighbors in the comment section below!  

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. 

Ed Kloehn October 14, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Not enough ,not enough ,not enough . Spend NECESSARY dollars now .It will only cost MORE later .Ed Kloehn
nicholas Rickert October 14, 2012 at 05:50 PM
We finally start spending money of the schools and there is a friggin discussion on it? Show me one person in this city who says no to spending money on schools and ill show you someone we could do better without.
Brian October 14, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Too little and almost too late. Ask parents in the Nathan Hale district. The school system needs big help. Unfortunately too many people in this town want want want but don't want to kick in. I'll vote yes, but I'm not holding my breath.
M. Troy October 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM
To little and too late. With all we are spending we might as well go for the full nut. But someone has to be in charge and make decisions without hesitation. Schools are what brings in more people. If Manchester can bring back the schools that we were known for our economy will grow and so will everybody with it.
Jon Crickmore October 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I know many people who have moved out of Manchester because of the school system and have yet to meet anyone who has moved here because of it. Pretty schools don't make smart kids and they don't entice people to move here. Money is needed to fix our schools and the repairs are way over due. Money is only part of the problem. How about we help our schools with something that costs no money. Get rid of those in leadership roles who have helped destroy this towns education system. Money can't fix stupid.
Cindy Lea October 15, 2012 at 02:21 PM
IT'S ABOUT TIME. They need Smart Boards and more improvements now. Let's start investing in our schools before they start crumbling to the ground. Stop the wasteful spending across town. There should be a school referendum every November until they're all updated. Vote YES for the schools and NO for the library. Put the 12.5 Million towards the schools instead.
tina bourke October 15, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Yes, for the schools....

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