November 6, 2013

Voters split on Freeport High School bonds

They approve the renovation project but reject a synthetic turf field and track.

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

FREEPORT — Voters in Freeport, Durham and Pownal split on two separate bond questions Tuesday, agreeing to renovate Freeport High School but rejecting a synthetic turf field and track at the high school.

Voters in Freeport supported both projects, while Durham and Pownal voters were strongly opposed to both. The three communities make up Regional School Unit 5.

Overall, voters in the school district supported a $14.6 million bond to renovate the high school by a vote of 2,324 to 2,252, according to results released by the three communities. Voters rejected a $1.7 million proposal to add a synthetic athletic field and track to the high school improvement project, with 1,776 in favor and 2,793 opposed.

Freeport voters supported the high school renovations by a vote of 1,639 to 1,029. They voted 1,340 to 1,322 in favor of spending $1.7 million to add a synthetic athletic field and track to the high school improvement project.

Durham residents rejected the high school renovation project with 828 against and 467 in favor. Durham voted 966 to 327 against the athletic field and track bond.

Pownal voters opposed the high school renovations by a vote of 395 against to 218 in support. They also opposed the track project, with 505 against and 109 in favor.

In June, voters rejected a $17 million bond that would have combined funding for the high school and track improvement project.

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