- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) - The first of two public hearings has been held on a proposed $27 million expansion to two schools in Westbrook.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2bzbB30 ) some neighbors on Monday said the proposed expansions to Saccarappa Elementary School and Westbrook Middle School are necessary to ease overcrowding. Others said the move is a short-term answer to longer-term growth problem.

The money would pay for a renovation and a dozen new classrooms at the elementary school, along with 12 new classrooms at the middle school. The school committee voted to support the plan earlier this month.

The town has seen an influx of immigrants and refugees, largely due to affordable housing.

Neighbors are calling for a suspension of housing development.

A second hearing is planned in two weeks.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com


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