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New Center School in Hopkinton plans ready for final votes

After more than two years of planning, Hopkinton residents will be taking the final two votes over the next month to approve plans for a new $45 million elementary school at 135 Hayden Rowe, just south of EMC Park. The state on Oct. 2 officially awarded the town up to $14 million toward the $43 million cost of constructing the new 83,256-square-foot school for 395 students in pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1. Residents must approve the expenditure at a special Town Meeting scheduled for Oct. 26. Voters must also approve a measure to raise taxes over the limits of Proposition 2 1/2 to pay for the debt on the money borrowed for the construction of the new school. That special town election will be held on Monday, Nov. 9. Voters will also be asked on that election ballot to exclude debt to pay for an indoor recreation and athletic facility at the Fruit Street athletic fields. An information session about the school plans is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the middle school library, and “office hours” for residents to get their questions answered will be held at Water Fresh Farm on the following Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m

Ellen Ishkanian can be reached at eishkanian@gmail.com.