As you may know, Lexington Public Schools are currently overcrowded and projections over the next five years show continued enrollment growth. Without added space, our elementary and middle schools will not be able to maintain the level of educational services offered today.
Over the past two years, the School Committee, along with other town committees, town staff, consultants, and architects, have worked to develop a set of fiscally responsible building projects to address rising enrollment and overcrowding in the elementary and middle schools.
Phase 1: An initial debt exclusion to fund middle school expansion projects, the addition of the six standard modulars, and pay for planning and design funds for the elementary and middle schools will be on May 3.
Phase 2: A second debt exclusion is anticipated to be presented to Lexington voters next year to fund construction of a new Hastings Elementary School and possible other projects.
In each phase, a loan would be taken by the town and paid through a temporary increase in property taxes known as a debt exclusion, which Lexington registered voters must approve.
Here is the question that will appear on the May 3 ballot (from the Town Warrant):
QUESTION 1: Shall the Town of Lexington be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to pay costs of (i) conducting master planning, design, renovation and additions to elementary and secondary school facilities, including the acquisition and installation of modular classrooms, and (ii) undertaking additions, remodeling, reconstructing and making extraordinary repairs to the Jonas Clarke and William Diamond Middle Schools, located at 17 Stedman Road and 99 Hancock Street, respectively, including the payment of costs of architectural and engineering services, original equipment and landscaping, paving and other site improvements incidental or directly related to such additions, remodeling, reconstruction or repair?
Yes for Lexington | Lisa Farrell, Treasurer | 405 Waltham Street, PMB 124 | Lexington, MA 02421