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Haverhill

September 8, 2013

Council questions expensive new school plan

Council: Why not consider cheaper options?

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Councilors said it’s also unclear to them how much the city is going to have to pay for the new school. School officials have said the state is expected to pay 68 to 72 percent of the cost, but Wood said the “effective” reimbursement rate is actually closer to 60 percent, because some costs associated with the project are not reimbursable. That’s why the city is now projected to pay $24 million for a $61.5 million school, Wood said.

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