Bourne School Officials Seeking Support For Peebles Project

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BOURNE – With less than a week before the special election in Bourne, public school officials are still seeking support for the proposal to build a new elementary school.

The $39.9 million dollar project would replace the current Peebles Elementary School, which was built in 1953 and is showing signs of disrepair.

“We know it’s going to be a difficult vote for the Bourne community but it’s really a vote for the future of Bourne,” said Steven LaMarche, the Bourne Superintendent.

The school passed town meeting in October by a landslide vote of 595-13 and now goes before voters at town election Tuesday.

Taxpayers would be responsible for $24 million of the costs as the Massachusetts School Building Authority will provide $15 million, or 36 percent.

The Bourne School Building Committee will hold another tour of the Peebles School Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

“We think that with the forums that we continue to have we continue to hear that the information is out there and it really comes down to the tough decision whether it is a yes or a no based off the financial obligations of the taxpayer,” LaMarche said.

The new school would house all Bourne students from grades 3 through 5 with pre-K through 2nd grade students attending Bournedale Elementary School.

LaMarche said construction on the new building on Trowbridge Road could commence in late spring or early summer if it is approved by voters. Plans call for the school to be open for fall of 2019.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter