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PAWTUCKET â€” The city's public schools, most built decades ago, would be in line for some much-needed renovations and repairs without greatly impacting taxpayers if a $5 million bond request passes.
Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke is urging voters heading to the polls on Nov. 6 to approve â€śQuestion 14â€ť on the local ballot. As stated on the ballot, Question 14 would â€śprovide for health, safety, and fire code-related emergency repairs, renovations and equipping of public school buildings.â€ť The bond would be amortized over 20 years.
Currently, Cylke noted, the state has a moratorium on reimbursements to communities for new school construction and renovations. However, there is not a moratorium on construction issues addressing health and safety needs. As such, the Pawtucket School Department wants to take advantage of this opportunity, which requires voter approval for the bond.
Cylke explained that Question 14 is asking voters to approve a bond for $5 million so that the School Department can address health, safety and fire alarm projects at 15 city schools. The total cost of the projects is $8 million, and the School Department has $3 million remaining from a 2010 bond which would be combined with the $5 million for this purpose.
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