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Newton North draws concern from state

Posted by Your Town  December 9, 2007 09:13 AM

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With a Prop 2 1/2 override request in the offing, the city of Newton faces new scrutiny over the management and price of its multi million dollar high school project.

GlobeWest is reporting that two key state officials are expressing concern over the building project, which has grown from $154-million to an estimated $171-million in recent weeks.

The School Building Authority has pledged $47-million toward the project, but the authority executive director says the city has failed to provide monthly reports to the state.

"If the project falls behind or if they say this is unaffordable, they need to inform us," Katherine Craven, executive director of the School Building Authority, said in an interview with the Globe. "The money we are holding onto for Newton could go to someone else."

Mayor David Cohen plans to ask voters for an override next year. He insists the money is not to cover the growing costs of the construction project, however.

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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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