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School Budget Battle is On in Cumberland Co.

Posted July 22, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— The school board in Cumberland County is fighting to make more room for learning.

The board is asking for $98 million in bond money for construction projects to ease overcrowding. Thousands of kids now have to attend classes in modular units, known as huts.

A public hearing was held Monday night to discuss the referendum.

In sum, we have buildings that are increasingly overcrowded, unsafe, and not conducive to learning.

Unfortunately, a good effort by the taxpayers in years past has not resulted in adequate housing for our students and teachers today.

Cumberland County voters cast their ballots in a fall referendum. The bond sale would lead to a tax hike, possibly $70 to $80 per year for the owner of a $90,000 home.