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Project to replace Lakeway won't be forgotten

July 09, 2009
LITTLETON—There will be no vote on replacing Lakeway Elementary School for three years, but the committee charged with coming up with the replacement plan does not want the project forgotten.

During Monday night's School Administrative Unit 84 Board meeting at Littleton High School, Jim Anan, chairman of the K-6 committee, presented the outlines of a plan so it would not be forgotten. He and other committee members analyzed some of the reasons why it failed and he said they knew a large part of the reason was there were too many large ticket items on the warrant.

"We know the board has a urgent need to get the CTC [Career and Technical Center] passed and this won't be on the warrant, but we don't want the K-6 completely unattended to," Anan said.

The plan works in three stages, Anan said. First, the committee will gather information about the project and disseminate it to the public. Included among the gathered information will be whether the site chosen off Oak Hill Avenue for a new elementary school really would be the best site.

In 2011 the committee will then recommend putting an article on the warrant to purchase the land for a new school—wherever that would be. Funds for engineering plans would also be on the warrant, Anan said.

Finally, in March 2012 a proposal to build a new school will be on the warrant. Since the property would already have been purchased and plans laid out, construction could begin right away, Anan said.

Anan suggested a school board subcommittee be established to work on the project.

Board Chairman Milt Bratz said the board would review his request and discuss it during the first meeting in August, which will be primarily dedicated to discussing the CTC.

Ron Bolt, a member of the Board of Selectmen, was present at the meeting and told the board that a subcommittee of the Planning Board was being created July 7 and said it would behoove the school district and town that any major projects such as the CTC or a new elementary school be brought to that soon-to-be-formed committee.

Bratz said he would be the liaison for the school board.

Martin Lord Osman
Tilton School
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