Islanders vote to save schools

CRANBERRY ISLES — The ailing Longfellow School building on Great Cranberry Island will undergo $450,000 in updates and renovations following voter approval at annual town meeting on Saturday.

By a vote of 64-20, residents approved a $610,000 bond issue to cover the cost of work at the Longfellow School along with another $100,000 in updates and repairs to the Ashley Bryan School on Islesford.

The Longfellow School has not been used for that purpose for years, but instead serves the community with a library, fitness center, gallery space, meeting space and music class venue. With Saturday’s vote, town meeting attendees agreed to keep the facility as an official school, albeit one in suspension, with future enrollment unknown.

Nearly 90 residents attended the meeting.

The property tax rate for the town will be $10.01 per $1,000 in valuation. That is up from an $8.90 mill rate this year. The total annual budget for fiscal year 2015 is $2,586,671. Half of that is for the school budget.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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