Schools and Senior Center Projects get voted in by huge margins

Newburyport voters pass all three projects was written by Newburyport Daily News on June 6, 2012 and discusses Newburyport Schools and Senior Center Projects that got voted in by huge margins. The people weighed in and it’s a huge YES for a $38 million new Bresnahan Elementary School, a $27 million renovation of the Nock/Molin School and a new $6.5 million senior/community center.

Excerpt of “Newburyport Voters Pass All Three Projects “

You could hear their celebratory screams of joy from across Brown Square when the result of yesterday’s special election was announced.  For the teachers, city councilors, school committee members and volunteers who gathered at David’s Tavern to celebrate voters’ passage of three debt exclusions yesterday, it was a happy ending to 14 months of work to get community support for a $38 million new Bresnahan Elementary School, a $27 million renovation of the Nock/Molin School and a new $6.5 million senior/community center.  And their excitement couldn’t be contained.

“I love Newburyport!” shouted an elated Meghan Kinsey, a key organizer of the group Port Pride, which campaigned for the yes vote.  Alongside her was Mayor Donna Holaday, still beaming from the results she and others heard read aloud at City Hall 15 minutes prior.  Holaday took an opportunity to offer thanks and praise to the volunteers of Port Pride, who walked door to door, held signs at locations across the city and manned the phones throughout the day to get out the vote to gain passage of all three of the building projects on the ballot, a task she and others knew would be difficult.  Then, she thanked the voters. “I am so very pleased,” Holaday said. “This was an amazing community effort; we all came together and worked so hard to get the message out about the condition of the schools,” Holaday said. “Debt exclusions are not easy to pass in Newburyport. But we did it, and I’m very grateful to the voters of Newburyport.

“Some 70 percent of voters in yesterday’s election felt that the opportunity to take advantage of $32 million in state money was too good to pass up and voted yes on the two questions related to the Bresnahan and Nock Middle School capital projects. Fifty-six percent voted in favor of building a brand-new senior/community center on the site of the current Bresnahan School, which will be razed once children take up occupancy in their new school.

Overall, 44 percent of the city’s registered voters turned out to vote.

Hearing the results, the group gathered at City Hall, which included Superintendent Marc Kerble, Assistant Superintendent Deirdre Farrell, city councilors Brian Derrivan, Barry Connell and Ed Cameron, and School Committee members Cheryl Sweeney and Bruce Menin, to name a few, cheered and congratulated each other with high-fives and hugs all around.

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