Voters to decide soon on Shepaug renovation/repairs
Region 12 voters will again go to the polls June 17.
This time voters in Washington, Bridgewater and Roxbury will decide on a proposed $8.3 million project to renovate and repair Shepaug Valley School, which houses the district's middle and high schools.
The polls will be open June 17 from noon to 8 p.m. in all three towns.
Voters in the region rejected middle/high school repairs April 29, as well as the construction of a new consolidated elementary school on the Shepaug campus.
It is hoped by the region's Board of Education that the defeat of the construction question was due to the two projects being linked together in one $40 million referendum question.
Work at the 44-year-old middle/high school would include a $1 million replacement/upgrade of the science labs, a new atrium entrance area, replacement of bleachers, site lighting improvements, heating, ventilating and air conditioning system improvements, and energy management system improvements among other renovations.
Board members say they believe it is necessary to complete work at Shepaug before an assessment by the 2015 New England Association of Schools & Colleges if the school is to achieve full accreditation.
-- Susan Tuz