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School Budget Battle is On in Cumberland Co.

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FAYETTEVILLE — The school board in Cumberland County isfighting 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 attendclasses 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, andnot conducive to learning.

Unfortunately, a good effort by the taxpayers in years past has not resultedin 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 forthe owner of a $90,000 home.

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