School bond postponed again

BAR HARBOR — The proposed bond for a renovation project at Conners Emerson School likely will not land on the November ballot, following a school board discussion Monday.

Principal Barb Neilly told the board it wouldn’t be possible to complete a thoughtful proposal by July 17, the deadline for an item to be put on the November warrant. She said it likely will be considered for next June.

A proposed $6.4 million bond for building repairs at Conners Emerson School was pushed back in March after school board representatives told the Town Council that they wanted more time to evaluate options for the future of the school.

Councilors voted unanimously at that same meeting to recommend a $350,000 increase to the school’s budget and not place the proposed $6.4 million bond on the warrant for the town meeting in June.

The 85-year old Conners Emerson building has prompted officials to ponder building an addition or building a new school building. Estimates for those options, respectively, are about $15 million and $22 million.

School Committee Chair Kristi Losquadro said that focus groups involving students, faculty and citizens will be considered in the decision-making process for the future of the school.

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