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  • Lake Forest School District hosts public meeting regarding upcoming referendum

  • The Lake Forest School District hosted a public meeting on Monday night to inform district residents about the details of the district’s upcoming referendum, which is scheduled for May 28.
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  • The Lake Forest School District hosted a public meeting on Monday night to inform district residents about the details of the district’s upcoming referendum, which is scheduled for May 28.
    The $7.7 million capital referendum is being held to request funding for projects at all six of the district’s schools.
    Projects involved in the referendum include installing a turf football field and replacing the track at the high school, making security upgrades at many of the district’s schools and reconfiguring the flow of traffic at Central Elementary School, said Lake Forest School District Business Manager Christine daCosta.
    If the referendum passes, the state will pick up just over $5 million of the total cost. Kent County will provide an additional $1.36 million through the School District Capital Improvement Fund. That fund is generated by a surcharge that is tacked onto building permits. The remaining $1,251,217 would have to be raised by local taxpayers, daCosta said.
    Lake Forest’s public meeting regarding the proposed referendum was attended by just two members of the public. daCosta walked attendees through the particulars of the proposed referendum, including the scope of the projects and the funding for the work. Both of those who were in attendance were in support of the referendum.
     “I would vote for it,” said Felton resident David Hake Sr. “I think they need to do those things as far as the capital improvements. They’ve shown they need to be done.”
    Duane E. Bivans, a Harrington resident and Harrington City Council member, said that at the present time he would vote yes to the referendum, as well.
    “I think our students, our teachers and our administrative folks need to be able to educate in a safe environment,” Bivans said. “A lot of the upgrades have to do with the security of our students and staff.”

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