The Citizens for School Success will host tours of the Hunking Middle School today at 9 a.m. and again at 4 p.m.
The public is invited to the tours, which will give voters a chance to see structural issues and other problems with the Hunking that have prompted city officials to call for a new school to replace it. The tours will be led by Principal Jared Fulgoni. Hunking is at 100 Winchester St. Additional tours are planned for May 22 and June 9.
Last week, City Council scheduled a June 10 election to ask voters to pass a debt exclusion to pay the city’s estimated $24 million share of the approximately $61.5 million project. The mayor said the proposed debt exclusion would not actually increase taxes because current payments on the debt for two elementary schools built about 20 years ago are about to expire. He said the plan is to continue those payments for another 20 years to pay for the Hunking replacement. Taxpayers, however, still must vote to extend those payments, which currently amount to $67 a year for the average single-family homeowner, he said.
Seven area churches collaborate for Easter Vigil
On April 19 at 7 p.m., seven area Episcopal churches will come together for the first time to celebrate Easter Vigil at Trinity Episcopal Church, 26 White St.
This event is for all ages. The parishes are part of the Lower Merrimack Valley Collaborative and include St. Andrew’s in Methuen, St. Paul’s in North Andover, St. James in Groveland, Trinity in Haverhill, St. James in Amesbury, All Saints in West Newbury and St. Paul’s in Newburyport. Together, they will share a dramatic presentation of the story of God’s people in relationship with God and one another, followed by the first Eucharist of Easter. Each parish will tell a Bible story in dramatic form. Many lay people will be involved along with musicians from several of the parishes. Prior to the worship, there will be an egg hunt and light refreshments for children starting at 6 p.m.