By Anne O'Connor

PEPPERELL -- Three debt exclusions for school repairs got the green light from Pepperell voters.

The special town election on June 12 had only three questions, all to approve borrowing to repair different North Middlesex Regional School District buildings.

Repairs to Hawthorne Brook Middle School and Squannacook Early Childhood Center in Townsend, and Varnum Brook Elementary School in Pepperell were accepted by the Massachusetts School Building Authority Accelerated Repair Program.

If all three member towns approve the debt exclusions at Town Meeting and in an election, the MSBA will reimburse up to 57.11 percent of covered repairs. Townsend, Pepperell and Ashby all approved the debt exclusions at spring Town Meetings.

Towns will be assessed based on the number of students in the various buildings. The debt exclusions are voted separately. If a question fails in one member town, the borrowing for repairs for that building are not approved. The other questions are not affected if one fails.

Repairs to Hawthorne Brook are estimated at $4 million, $4.6 million at Squannacook and almost $9 million for Varnum Brook.

With 493 of the Pepperell's 7,859 voters casting ballots, the election saw a 6.3 percent turnout. Each question garnered almost a 70 percent yes vote.

Hawthorne Brook was approved 343 to 149.


Squannacook was 341 to 152 and 347 said yes to Varnum Brook with 145 saying no.

Ashby will hold its local election at the elementary school from noon to 7:30 p.m. on July 11.

Townsend is scheduled for July 18 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Memorial Hall.

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