The Board of Education’s referendums for improvements at all six Verona schools were a big winner on election night, and the district is wasting no time getting to work on the projects.
“The work begins this morning as we meet with our architects and engineers in the design planning phase over the next three months,” said Superintendent Dr. Rui Dionisio by text message this morning. “We will aim to go out to bid in February, with the goal of commencing construction in June 2020 as soon as we move into summer recess.”
“We are extremely grateful to the entire Verona community for becoming informed voters and supporting our schools for many years to come,” Dionisio added.
The two referendums total $27.7 million in proposed spending. Referendum No. 1, which will fund a wide variety of repairs at all six schools, including all new roofs, passed by 1,902 Yes votes to 1,104 No. Referendum No. 2, which will expand air conditioning across the schools, was approved by a slightly smaller margin, 1,769 to 1,216. Support for the referendums was strongest in districts 5 and 10, and weakest in district 1, which is the Claridge condominiums.