Preston schedules town meeting, referendum on school playground

Preston - A proposal to build a new playground for children in third through fifth grades at the Preston Veterans' Memorial School will be discussed at a town meeting Sept. 11 and will go to the voters at a referendum Sept. 23.

The Board of Selectmen Thursday set the town meeting and referendum dates after parents who led the effort asked that the town vote be delayed until September, when summer vacations are over. The town meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, and the referendum is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 23.

The project would cost $126,861, with $98,861 to come from the town capital nonrecurring account, and the remaining $28,000 to come from the town general fund. The Board of Education voted in June to turn over $28,000 in surplus budget funds to the town with the intention that it be used as the school board's contribution to the project.

The school board also agreed to open the playground to the public during nonschool hours and to do regular maintenance of the equipment.

In addition, the PTO has secured $23,100 in in-kind volunteer donations of time and skilled labor, including excavation of the site.


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