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January 31, 2013

Mulqueen seeking ways to bridge Pentucket budget gap

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No option is being ruled out, but Mulqueen said the group “really began digging into which one makes the most sense.” Town Meeting voters funded up to $700,000 for the project last spring, but recent estimates for the job have run upward of $3 million.

The subcommittee has asked the consultants for feedback on which option lends itself best to being phased in over a period of time. The district does not plan to go back to taxpayers for additional funding. Instead, they will seek to raise the money through fundraisers, private donations and grants.

Also on Tuesday, Mulqueen announced that local police chiefs and school administrators have begun a series of planned meetings on school security. The goal is to “tune up” existing emergency plans already in place. All staff will eventually receive a quick reference guide for dealing with emergencies.

In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Mulqueen said he is grateful for the “great collaboration” with local public safety officials. Their input is “having a direct impact on the district’s All Hazards Plan for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery,” he said.

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