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Voters OK $400,000 for UD-3 upgrades

MIDDLEBURY — Around 20 people showed up at the UD-3 annual meeting on Tuesday evening to learn more about the school district’s proposed $17,287,008 budget for the 2015-2016 academic year and to approve $400,000 in capital improvements to various campus facilities, including security cameras at Middlebury Union Middle School.
UD-3 is the district that includes MUMS and Middlebury Union High School. The proposed budget of almost $17.3 million reflects a 1.3-percent increase in spending compared to this year. The UD-3 board fielded some questions on the budget on Tuesday but heard no opposition, according to board chairman Peter Conlon.
The $400,000 capital improvements measure passed by a unanimous voice vote. The district already has the $400,000 in hand to do the work, which includes:
•  Renovating the bathrooms outside of the MUHS auditorium.
•  Renovating four MUHS science classrooms.
•  Making sure key windows at MUMS are shatter-proof, for security reasons.
•  Improving security — including the installation of additional cameras — at both MUMS and MUHS.
•  Addressing an alarming amount of erosion that has been occurring along the Otter Creek riverbank near the Fucile Field off Creek Road. The erosion is near where many MUHS sports teams play.
“I think people recognize the capital projects that need to be done to keep our schools and facilities in good condition,” Conlon said.
Reporter John Flowers is at johnf@addisonindependent.com.

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