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Wellesley wants a new high school, too

Posted December 10, 2008 09:31 AM

Wellesley voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an $86.6 million debt exclusion to fund a $130 million new high school, the largest capital project in the town's history.

The tally was 5,026 to 2,869, according to unofficial returns available from the town clerk Tuesday night. Selectman Owen Dugan, in announcing the results, called the vote a "resounding mandate."

Supporters of a new high school had argued that the existing building - which includes a 1938 main building, a 1956 wing, and several later additions - does not meet current enrollment or educational needs and could jeopardize the school's accreditation. But opponents had urged voters to renovate and add to the existing building.

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