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East Newton Voters Will Decide Fate of $4 Million School Bond on April 5th

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The East Newton School District is hoping to make long overdue repairs at its three campuses with a new school bond. It would replace things like old heating and air conditioning units, windows, and leaky roofs.

East Newton Superintendent Todd McCrackin says "It's been a Band-Aid approach and what this would be able to do…passing this we would get a lot of things on our list taken care of. And that would also allow some flexibility in our operating budget."

Security will also be a focus.

"We will be monitoring who comes in and out of our buildings."

To prevent intruders Tri-Way has what is called access control. All visitors must first be buzzed in before letting them through the front door. Tri-Way is the only school in the district to use this technology. If the bond passes the district is hoping to get the other two schools on board."

School officials say voters won't see their taxes go up because the district would maintain its current debt service levy.

McCracken says "It's a no tax increase and we're just asking to extend the existing bond out in order to make some major renovations and repairs."

We caught up with voters at JJ’s Restaurant in Granby for their thoughts.

Tammie Kinman says "Now would be the time to do instead of putting it off and doing it later."

 “They're making an effort to pay off the existing obligation sooner than it was planned. So I think that was good planning and I think it's a worthwhile cost,” says voter Richard Harris.

Mason Whitman says "It's pretty much the same bond that has been in use for the last ten years or so. So I don't see why there's any reason why we shouldn't keep using it."

The district is holding it's last  public meeting on the school bond Thursday night at 5:30pm in the East Newton High School cafeteria.

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