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December 13, 2012

Work on auditorium to begin next month

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However, the plan to replace the aging asbestos tile flooring on the stage wound up being a budget buster that could not be accommodated with the money funded, according to Smith.

Capital plans to repair or replace the outdoor tennis courts, track and field and exterior bleachers could not be accomplished within the $700,000 budget funded for those projects at Town Meeting. Instead, the school board is weighing options for a more comprehensive redesign of the secondary campus fields that could cost upwards of $3 million.

The district does not plan to go back to taxpayers for additional funding for the expanded scope, however. Instead, they will seek to raise the money through fundraisers, private donations and grants.

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