Bill Would Suspend NH’s School Building Aid

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Voters will decide next week whether to replace Lebanon’s aging junior high school in what could be their last chance before a looming suspension in state school construction aid would make the project too costly for city taxpayers to shoulder on their own.

Lebanon voters have rejected the project three times in two years even though the fire escapes on the upper floors are just windows with no rescue ladders, and closets are being used as offices by some teachers.

On Tuesday, a Senate committee will hear a bill to suspend aid starting July 1. The bill calls for a two-year suspension, but the bill’s sponsor state Sen. Molly Kelly, wants to change it to one year and allow exceptions for emergencies.

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