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Local Rhode Island school defeats bond proposals

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September 15, 2011

Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: In the town of North Kingstown, a local election was held on September 13 to decide the fate of two bond proposals and the sale of an elementary school building. The two bonds were rejected by voters, the sale was approved. The first measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $3.85 million in order to renovate the Wickford Elementary School, the vote was 1,076 against and 646 in favor. The other bond was for renovations of the McGinn Park field, the bond asked for was %850,000 but it was also defeated by a rate of 1,281 against and 437 in favor. The last question sought the sale of the Wickford Elementary School and it was approved by a vote of 946 in favor and 766 against. The school has been vacant since 2006 and the bond would have renovated the facility to house school officials as well as town offices which are cramped in their current location. Residents though thought it better to sell the school site rather than renovate it, many questioned the high price tag which was quoted. Town officials noted that voter turnout was low, just at 9 percent of those eligible to vote turned out.[1]

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