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Downtown school location dominates in Lowell election

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Lowell voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of keeping and renovating the downtown high school as opposed to building a new high school at the Cawley Stadium site during the Nov. 7 city election. The nonbinding referendum attracted 61 percent of voters supporting plans to renovate the existing school. In June, the City Council voted to support building a new five-story high school at Cawley Stadium. The current school, opened in 1826 with a 1922 addition, houses 3,318 students. Many families prefer the downtown location because about 40 percent of students are able to walk from nearby neighborhoods. The Cawley Stadium site is near the Tewksbury line, and would require more students to be bused.

Linda Greenstein can be reached at greensteinlm@gmail.com.