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Busy week for voters in Hollis, Brookline

HOLLIS — Voters in Hollis and Brookline will have the opportunity to vote on a number of issues facing School Administrative Unit 41 during a series of annual meetings this week.

The annual meeting for the Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District is planned for tonight at Hollis Brookline High School in Hollis. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Among the items up for discussion are Article 2, a proposal to build a $5,520,000 addition to the high school, build a multi-purpose sports field, and renovate sections of the existing high school and athletic fields; Article 8, a $1.3 million school administrative unit budget (of which the Hollis/Brookline district receives $689,453 if the item passes); and several articles funding salary and benefit increases for teachers and support staff.


Several petitioned warrant articles are also on the table, including Article 14, which asks the district to reject Common Core standards in favor of the district’s own standards.Another petitioned item, Article 15, asks voters to amend the existing agreement between the school district and the towns of Hollis and Brookline.The annual meeting for the Hollis School District is scheduled for Tuesday at Hollis/Brookline Middle School in Hollis. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.
Among the items up for citizen vote is Article 3, a two-year contract with the district’s teachers that would cost $175,081 next year if passed; Article 4, a two-year contract with the district’s support staff that would cost $42,866 next year if passed; and Article 8 (if passed the Hollis district would stand to receive $394,099 of the $1.3 million overall operating budget for SAU 41).
The annual meeting for the Brookline School District is set for Wednesday at Capt. Samuel Douglass Academy in Brookline. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Among the items to be voted on are Article 3, asking voters to place $10,000 in surplus funds into the facilities maintenance fund; and Article 4, the passage of the district’s overall budget.
Meeting moderator Jim Murphy said the district is governed under state town meeting rules, meaning all monetary issues will be voted on during this week’s respective annual meetings. Elections for all school board and school budget committee positions will take place March 11.

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