Capital School District residents will head to the polls March 31 to decide on a multi-million dollar referendum targeted at a new Dover High School and renovations to other district properties.

Voters will decide Wednesday, March 31, whether the time is right for a new Dover High School as well as other major renovations and building projects in the Capital School District.

The $132,110,100 referendum calls for $58,714,200 in local money. Besides the new high school for 1,800 students, money would go toward parking lots, playgrounds, athletic fields and renovations at Booker T. Washington Elementary, Central Middle School and William Henry Middle School. It also would fund the purchase or construction of a professional development/district office center, and the purchase or construction of a maintenance building and receiving facility.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Thomas said in the past that the referendum needs to be passed for the sake of students, and also because it could be years before the district gets another green light for state funding. If the community determines they do not want the referendum now, it could mean losing approximately $600,000 in county impact fees that will expire in a few years.

Residents of the Capital School District must be 18 or older with proof of ID to vote in Wednesday’s referendum. They do not need to own property or be a registered voter.

Voting will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at William Henry Middle School, 65 Carver Road, Dover; Hartly Elementary School, 2617 Arthursville Road, Hartly; South Dover Elementary School, 955 South State St., Dover; and Towne Point Elementary School, 629 Buckson Drive, Dover.

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