Preliminary results: Voters reject technical academy

I’ve been looking for news on this all morning and the Burlington Free Press finally has this on their website.

Preliminary results: Voters reject technical academy
Updated 11:14 a.m.


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Preliminary results show a ballot proposal to build a new Regional Technical Academy was defeated 43,834-34,371 Tuesday, Melissa Hersh, the project manager for the academy, said Wednesday morning.

Slightly more than 56 percent of the votes opposed the academy proposal, while 44 percent supported it.

Voters in 25 districts in northwestern Vermont cast ballots on the proposal Tuesday. Ballot counting went well into early Wednesday morning. Officials had difficulty with the counting machines and some ballots had to be counted by hand because they had been folded.

Hersh cautioned that the results were preliminary, and poll workers still had to make sure all the ballots matched names on the voter checklist. She said firmer figures would be available late this afternoon.

The $44 million project would have merged the Essex and Burlington technical centers into a full-time, two-year academy. Planners had envisioned the school eventually becoming a four-year diploma granting institution.

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