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Hall School Referendum Set for April 5

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Hall School Referendum Set for April 5
Posted on 03/14/2016
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Portland voters will be asked to approve the construction costs for a new Hall School on Tuesday, April 5, in a special citywide municipal election. The referendum seeks the authorization for the construction of a new Hall Elementary School on the existing site at a total cost of $29.7 million. All but $1.4 million of the bonded amount would be reimbursed by the state.

The local funding would cover nine upgrades recommended by the Hall School Building Committee and endorsed by the Portland Board of Public Education and the City Council. Those upgrades are designed to improve education and energy efficiency, enhance security and reduce stormwater management costs. They range from additional security upgrades on classroom doors to expanding the size of the school’s gym to help make the school more of a community center.

Built 60 years ago, Hall School suffered damage in a fire a few years ago and has many other problems. If the referendum is approved by voters and all goes as planned, the school would open in the fall of 2018.

The Portland City Council held a public hearing on this matter at its Feb. 17 meeting.

Voters will be asked:

Question 1. Shall the Order entitled “Order Approving Elementary School Construction Project with Total Project Costs not to Exceed $29,720,456 and Authorizing General Obligation Bonds in an Amount not to Exceed $29,720,456 Therefore,” with provisions for early redemption as set forth in said Order be approved?

All qualified residents of the City of Portland are encouraged to vote. All local polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For this election only, voters who usually vote at the Expo will vote at Reiche School. Based on your residency, you must vote at your polling place.

Absentee ballots are available in the City Clerk’s office. Office hours of the City Clerk/Registrar are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for any resident wishing to register to vote. Due to State Law Title 21-A 753-B (2) (D) there is no absentee voting three days before any election. On Thursday, March 31,  the City Clerk’s office will extend its hours until 7 p.m. This will be the last day for absentee voting.

Current listing of polling places:           

1-1     East End Community School, 195 North Street

1-2     Merrill Rehearsal Hall, 20 Myrtle Street

1-3     Community Hall, Peaks Island

2-1 , 2-2 Reiche School ***, 166 Brackett Street

3-1     Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford Street

3-2     Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Avenue

4-1     St. Pius Church, 492 Ocean Avenue

4-2     First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road

5-1     Deering High School Gym, 370 Stevens Avenue

5-2     Grace Baptist Church Gym, 476 Summit Street

***2-2 will vote at Reiche for this election only. Normally, 2-2 votes at the Expo.

For more detailed information about where or how to vote, contact the City Clerk’s office at 874-8677 or visit www.portlandvoters.com.