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Raise the Roof: Bond to Repair Schools Passes

Voters approve a $6.4 million bond to repair schools with 63 percent of the vote.

A in the district received overwhelming support from North Kingstown voters. Preliminary reports show that approximately 1,251 votes (63 percent) were cast in favor of the bond issue with 728 (37 percent) against.

"I'm just really happy and grateful for the support we got today," said Schools Superintendent Phil Auger. "I don't take it for granted. I know people are struggling out there and taxes are high enough already. It's gratifying to know that people are willing to do this for schools."

According to Town Clerk Jeannette Alyward, the 56 mail-in ballots have yet to be counted. The voter turnout for Tuesday's election totaled 1,980 – just 9.42 percent of the total number of voters in North Kingstown. The figure is nearly on par with the turnout in the which saw voters shoot down a $3.85 million bond to convert Wickford Elementary School into a joint town hall and school administrative building and another bond for $800,000 to install turf at McGinn Park.

The $6.4 million bond will allow the school department to make repairs and upgrades to five schools (Davisville Middle, Fishing Cove Elementary, Stony Lane Elementary, Hamilton Elementary and Quidnessett Elementary) to make them compliant with ADA regulations and state building codes. The biggest item on the list of repairs is the replacement of the roof at Davisville Middle School, which a recent survey found to be in danger of "imminent failure." The roof will cost approximately $2 million. The Rhode Island Department of Education has promised up to a 35 percent reimbursement for the work. Auger adds that he hopes to use as little of the $6.4 million as possible.

 

Common Sense 2 April 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Some observations about Tuesday's referendum; poor turnout less than 10% of eligible voters, why complain if you don't vote? Who decided that I had to drive by Davisville Middle School to vote at Cold Spring? Turns out is was the State Board of Elections, what do they know anyway? Why didn't we combine it with the Presidential Preference Election, turns out you can't per State Board of Elections. Looking forward to seeing the following on the ballot in November:NKGOP Watch, Concerned Resident,BG,shalx,Govstench,Kerri Hicks, NK_Voter, Tiered of Tired, et al. All of your complaining on this blog requires your action, you for office and fix all of the problems or keep QUIET!
NK_Voter April 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
We agree on this issue. Do you see that happening with our current elected officials?
Concerned Resident April 05, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Looks like the "shaix" police is monitoring these blogs advising - no telling contributors what they will and won't do. By the way, shaix was recently a contributing (if you can say that) individual with another blog name. Just another typical union tactic to justify their existence. As this is old news, I have excluded myself from future updates such that I will wish individuals such as shaix well while suggesting you direct future comments to your mirror. Enjoy and rotate shaix.....bu bye!
IRATE TAXPAYER April 05, 2012 at 08:48 PM
For the love of Pete!! I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone. This Bush League , Garden Vairiety Town Council and School Committee have no idea what it might be like to have a little problem paying things like mortgages , equity lines, gasoline , ummm food bills etc. etc. Does anyone out there know how many zeros are in 6.5 milliion?? How about a little more effort in informing the citizens of N>K> when these voter issues come up. How about something crazy like sending a damn postcard to us idiot taxpayers instead of having to hook into the Patch or having to buy the local paper , which by the way , maybe some do not even have the money to buy. I mean really, 9.2% of the voters approved this thing? Let me think about this for a minute.... Come on guys , what planet are you all on? Can you say Theatre of the Absurd???
NKGOP Watch April 06, 2012 at 01:56 AM
what is your point tho?

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