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East Millinocket school board narrowly approves bond vote for high school

10:48 PM, May 2, 2013   |    comments
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EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- By a narrow vote the town's school board put its support behind keeping Schenck High School open Thursday evening.

The board voted 3-2 in favor of recommending that a $1.8 million bond go to voters to help fund repairs to Schenck. The high school needs a new roof as well as a new gym floor.

East Millinocket also needs to raise about $4.4 million for next year to help fund the town's school system. Some town officials have spoken out against making the repairs. They say the town's mill rate is already likely to go up because of less anticipated revenue from the state.

Some students at Schenck who attended Thursday's meeting say they were happy with the board's decision.

"The school's {Schenck High} giving so many opportunities for all the kids that are staying here," said senior Josh Macleod, "and I know other schools don't over that or can't offer it so as long as we have it and we have a school that has it..I don't see why we wouldn't be open."

East Millinocket's select board will have the final say if the bond goes to voters. Meanwhile Millinocket's school system has already offered a tuition proposal where it would take in all students in East Millinocket for $1.5 million beginning next year.

Both school boards are planning to meet in the near future.

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