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December 5, 2013

Vote on new school delayed to mid-2014

Voters were to decide by April, but state wants drawings changed

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Mayor James Fiorentini said when voters to the polls, they will not be asked to increases taxes to pay for Haverhill’s share of the cost. Instead, they will be asked to continue paying taxes at the same rate they have for the last 20 years while covering the cost of schools that Haverhill built two decades ago. The cost of those schools was scheduled to be removed from bills soon.

Scully said he and other supporters of building the new school to replace Hunking will have to convince voters it is the best way to go.

“The burden is really on us,’’ he said. “You want people to see what they’re buying. People have to be comfortable. People would like to see taxes diminished.’’

Scully said Haverhill must seize the opportunity to build the school with the state’s financial help while Haverhill has some control over the process.

“It’s better to pay for this now than to get it jammed down our throats the wrong way,’’ he said. “The time is now. We don’t want to lose this opportunity.’’

The school would house students from kindergarten to grade eight — an arrangement Scully said is best for students and financially sound for the community.

“I use this comparison: When you go to the same doctor, he knows your history and is best able to treat you,’’ Scully said. “With the many challenges children face today, it’s nice to know the principal and for your principal to know you. Moving kids around every two years doesn’t make sense.’’

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