September 18, 2019
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Auburn voters overwhelmingly approve new $122 million high school

CBS 13 | BDN
CBS 13 | BDN
Auburn voters approved a $122 million project for a new high school on Tuesday.

Auburn voters overwhelmingly approved a new Edward Little High School, at a cost of more than $120 million.

Voters approved the project with a 2,272 to 360 vote on Tuesday.

Some residents said this is exactly what Auburn needs, despite a light voter turnout.

Not everyone was in favor of the multi-million-dollar school, but even parents with kids who have graduated said Auburn students deserve new facilities. The new high school will cost $122 million to build. The new school has state of the art learning spaces, a 1,200-seat auditorium, an athletic stadium and a gym.

The state would cover almost all of the cost, but taxpayers will need to pitch in more than $14 million through local bonds.

Another question on the ballot was whether to continue the budget validation referendum process for the next three years.

Residents also decided to continue, for at least the next three years, having the school budget go before voters for approval. The vote was 1997 to 601, according to the city’s unofficial results.

A little over 2,600 residents voted out of Auburn’s 16,000 registered voters.

The new Edward Little High School is expected to open in 2023.

 



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