Westwood Voters Pass School Funding Article for Hanlon-Deerfield School: 873 in favor to 153 opposed

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"View from Gay Street" from Hanlon-Deerfield School Building Project Planning Board Hearing presentation (Sept. 21, 2021)

Just after 7 p.m. on the evening of Monday, October 18, 2021, the official vote at Special Town Meeting has been recorded, and the sole article under discussion - whether to approve $84.6 million in funding for a new Hanlon-Deerfield elementary school - has passed. A two-thirds vote was required, or a 66.7 percent approval.  Westwood residents voted a resounding "yes" with 85 percent of voters indicating their approval of borrowing for the new school.

With 1026 registered voters participating, Westwood voted 873  to 153 in favor of approving the costs of $84.6 million for designing, constructing, equipping, and furnishing a combined Hanlon-Deerfield elementary school.

Voters must now head to the ballot next week for a Special Town Election on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. At this election, voters will be presented with a ballot question of whether to allow the borrowing for the school building project to proceed as a debt exclusion from Proposition 2 1/2. 

Voters can check their polling locations here. Information on absentee ballots and early voting is available from the Town of Westwood.

For background on this issue, see Westwood Minute's reporting here and here.

Updated 10/18/2021. The date of the Special Town Meeting vote has been added.

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