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Brooklawn residents defeated the proposed $1,825,000 bond referendum today by a vote BreakingNewsLogo285 of 121 No to 109 Yes.  


If approved the money was going to be used to buy the former St. Maurice Church and rectory, located a few blocks from the school, at 401 Community Road. After renovations, the church and rectory would have been used to relocate Grades 6, 7, and 8 from the current building to the church to establish the Brooklawn Middle School. The plan would have allowed the district to create self-contained special education program keeping Brooklawn special education students in the district instead of sending them to programs elsewhere. That move would have saved taxpayers a considerable amount of money, according to a school board press release. 


Asked why he thought the proposal was defeated, Bruce Darrow, Brooklawn School Board president said, “The public was afraid of a tax increase. Apparently our message wasn’t clear enough. We haven’t raised school taxes in 10 years. Through innovative financial strategies the school district has been at the minimum tax levy for more than10 years now.” 


 He added, “The Board is going to look at some other ways that we may be able to proceed with this plan.”