Winooski taxpayers to decide on $57.8 million bond for school repairs

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If you walk through the halls of Winooski’s elementary, middle and high schools, you’ll see leaky ceilings, decrepit flooring, a small nurse’s office and tiny classrooms.

The boiler room, located in the high school is filled with parts that are outdated and hard to find.

“That can becomes very expensive over time when you have to search far and wide and pay high premiums on parts,” said Sean. McMannon, Winooski School District.

The building’s three sections were constructed over the past five to six decades.

“They have a storage area which is a repurposed bathroom and then their office is a repurposed closet,” said McMannon, as he described the speech pathologist office.

McMannon is in his sixth year as superintendent of the Winooski School District.

To fix the long list of issues, he’s hoping voters will approve a $57.8 million bond Tuesday.

“We have all of these programs that we have built and that are serving our students the best that they can but they really don’t have conducive learning environment,” he said.

In addition to the needed upgrades and modernization, McMannon says Winooski is also experiencing a growing student population, with ten to 15 new students expected each year.

“This current facility was built for about 600, we have about 850 students in the building each day,” said McMannon.

The price tag may be high, but McMannon believes its worth of every penny as one of the most diverse districts in the state

“While living in Vermont, being one of the whitest states in the nation, we have this amazing environment here that can really prepare students for the broader world,” he said.

Should Winooski voters approve the bond, construction would start next year with a goal of a complete project in 2022.

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