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Newburyport override reconsidered

Posted by Marcia Dick  April 5, 2007 10:23 PM

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School supporters have another shot at getting an override before voters when the City Council meets Monday night.

The City Council is slated to vote on whether to hold a special election May 22 on a $1.58 million Proposition 2 1/2 override to fund the city's schools. Two weeks ago, the council rejected a similar request but since then, the School Committee supported a blueprint, submitted by Superintendent Kevin Lyons, for how the money would be spent.

The biggest ticket items under Lyons's plan are: a $325,000 program to update the 12-year-old literacy program in grades K-8; a $250,000 proposal to restore the middle school's foreign language program, which was cut in the current budget; and $200,000 for replacing the district's oldest computers, some more than 10 years old.

The council's meeting, in City Hall, is slated to start at 7:30 p.m.

Newburyport has never had an override election, though voters in the past approved two debt exclusions.

--Kay Lazar

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About override central Coverage of Prop 21/2 override campaigns in more than 30 communities in Greater Boston.
Christine Wallgren is a correspondent in the Globe South bureau.
David Dahl is the Globe's regional editor.
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