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ASHBY — Voters on Tuesday approved three debt exclusions that would fund $17.7 million in repairs to schools in the North Middlesex Regional School District, according to unofficial election results.

“The district is very pleased that the residents of Ashby were kind enough to approve this,” said Randee Rusch, chair of the North Middlesex school committee.

All three communities in the district — Ashby, Townsend and Pepperell — must pass the ballot questions for the debt exclusion to go into effect and move the projects forward.

Pepperell voters approved the ballot questions last month. Townsend is scheduled to take a vote on the issue Tuesday, July 18.

In total, 295 people, or 13 percent of all registered voters in town, turned out to vote separately on the tax increases to fund $4.1 million in repairs to Hawthorne Brook Middle School in Townsend, $9 million in repairs to Varnum Brook Elementary School in Pepperell, and $4.5 million in repairs to Squannacook Early Childhood Center in Townsend.

The middle-school repairs were passed in a 178-116 vote. Approval would cost the owner of a $100,000 house in Ashby $13.37 in taxes annually over the course of 25 years, when the bond would be repaid.

Repairs to the elementary school, which were approved in a 166-129 vote, would cost the same Ashby homeowner $1.15 annually.

The Squannacook Early Childhood Center fix would cost the homeowner $3.85 annually and was passed in a 161-133 vote.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ashby resident Tina Gay walked out of Ashby Elementary School with her two daughters, Chandler and Chelsea, both of whom will start attending Hawthorne Brook Middle School in a few years. Gay said she hopes to see repairs made to the school.

“Some of these schools really need the help,” Gay said.

Mary Ofriel, who has five children in the district, also voted in favor of the debt exclusions. “As long as you can do the maintenance instead of having to replace the building (you should),” she said.

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