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Auburn schools’ safety-focused capital project passes overwhelmingly

The Auburn Citizen

A $43.7-million Auburn Enlarged City School District capital project was passed by a large margin Tuesday.

Voters approved the proposal 1,151-427. The project will focus heavily on safety and health measures as well as cover all seven instructional buildings and the administrative headquarters. The first phase of the two-phase project is set to cost $28 million, with the remaining cost covered in the second phase.

The project originated from the results of a 2015-2016 state-mandated building condition survey. Residents also voted for the most recent capital project that encompassed each district building in 2011.

Eighty-five percent of the costs of the current project will be covered by state aid. The project will need a 1.98-percent tax levy boost, coming to $36 a month for a $100,000 home. The district hopes to open bidding from contractors by late 2019 and start construction by spring 2020. A 2023 start for the second phase is estimated with an eyed 2026 completion.

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