Haverhill Parents Rally Urging Voters To OK Funds For New Middle School

CBS Boston

HAVERHILL (CBS) – This weekend Haverhill parents are taking to street corners rallying support for a tax to fund construction of a new middle school.

They’re hoping voters will approve a referendum Tuesday that extends a tax enacted years ago to build four elementary schools.

The previous tax increase is set to expire, but according to city officials, preserving that tax rate is the best chance they have at raising money to replace Hunking Middle School.

“I’m very worried that my kids won’t have a safe place to go to school,” said mother Karen Peugh who is organizing support for the tax vote.

The Hunking School’s problems are historic and well documented. The 50-year-old building has cracked foundation columns and floors. Three engineering firms deemed the building structurally unsafe, forcing closure of half the school and the relocation of half the students.  Long-standing mold and ventilation problems prompted experts to…

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