- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Voters in Maine’s largest city will vote next month on whether to approve $29.7 million build a new elementary school.

A spokeswoman for the city says the state would reimburse all but $1.4 million of the money. The vote is scheduled for April 5 and approval would provide money to build a new Hall Elementary School on the school’s current site.

City officials say the 60-year-old school is in need of security upgrades, a bigger gymnasium and improved energy efficiency. The school was also damaged by a fire a few years ago and needs other improvements.

Officials say the new school - if approved - could open in fall 2018.

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