Town Council Desperately Tries to Explain the Arithmetic for a New School to Citizens Educated in the Current One

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girls in classroomBRUNSWICK — The School Department’s facilities plan for upgrades at Coffin Elementary School and Brunswick Junior High School will receive $174,500 in municipal funds after the Town Council unanimously approved the appropriation Monday night. The money will fund the plan’s second phase, in which Portland-based PDT Architects will create schematics and work with the School Board to determine what exactly the upgrades at the two schools will include. Before the council voted Monday night, Chairwoman Joanne King asked the School Board to clarify what the construction project may cost if it goes to a bond referendum next spring. Board member Matt Corey said the ballpark figure is $21 million – an estimate from the facilities plan’s first phase, when Portland-based architecture and engineering firm Harriman Associates worked with the School Department to assess the work. “The reason I ask the question about the amount is I want people who have been advocating for us to give $174,500 to understand if all this moves forward, you’re talking about $21 million,” King said. “… There are a lot of things involved here, and you might not be able to do everything all at once.” (read more at The Forecaster)