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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Laurel High School on the Way

LAUREL, Del.- The current Laurel High School is over 40-years-old. The Laurel School District is currently working with the Becker Morgan Group to create a new high school. 
At a meeting held Monday, Feb. 27, the school board was looking to approve the schematics to be sent to the state for further approval.
The new facility will be funded though a bond project by way of the state of Delaware.  School Board President Patrick Vanderslice said this would mean a raise in taxes for Laurel taxpayers, but the $70 million for the new facility has to be used now or else be lost.  Vanderslice said the good thing is that taxpayers will only be responsible for 20 to 30 percent of the total cost and the state will handle the rest.
David Thomas of Laurel said, "If it's going to go toward anything, education is the one thing that I think at this time would be acceptable. But yet again, is it a good time to raise taxes for any reason? You know there are some pros and cons."
The new facility will encompass a new Laurel High School and Laurel Middle School.  Vanderslice said the district hopes to break ground on the project in October and complete the school by the summer of 2014.

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