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PPEL vote seals W’burg Elementary’s future

By ANDREA FURLONG

The voters in the Williamsburg School District have spoken − Williamsburg’s lower elementary students will be schooled in the Mary Welsh Elementary building in approximately three year’s time.

Approximately 59 percent of the 599 votes cast in the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) vote held April 6 supported implementing a PPEL of $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable valuation, beginning in the

2010-11 school year, according to unofficial results. A simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote was needed to pass the PPEL.

Williamsburg School Board members have said the $3.5 million the PPEL will generate over the next 10 years will be used to construct a preK-1 addition onto Mary Welsh Elementary, so Williamsburg Elementary can be closed. Williamsburg Elementary, which was built in 1934, is 65 years old than Mary Welsh and costs twice as much to heat and needs approximately $850,000 of renovations.

Superintendent Dr. Carol Montz said up until the day of the vote, the board wasn’t entirely certain how the vote would be received.

“We weren’t really sure how the vote what the results would be. We are just pleased that so many patrons in the district chose to vote. We thought it was a good number. We were hopeful but we weren’t really sure how it would turn out.”

 

 

 

UPDATED April 13, 2010 4:15 PM

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