In Vote, Durham Opts for Multiyear Redevelopment of Korn School

DURHAM – In March, the Korn School appeared to be heading towards demolition, but after a successful petition and referendum, the Town of Durham has decided to take over the empty school after all, with the intention of converting the closed building into a multi-purpose community center over the coming years. Durham residents voted 708-546 to have the town take the school from the Region 13 School District for $1 on Tuesday. They also voted 630-606 to approve drawing $1 million from the town’s building reserve fund for the initial project costs, according to unofficial results that include absentee ballots.

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Korn School Vote Set for May 4 — a $1 Million Decision

DURHAM – Voters will decide May 4 whether the town of Durham should take over the former Korn School and set aside $1 million for initial repairs and to plan a multi-phase project to develop it into a community center. The referendum will follow a town meeting at 7 p.m. on April 27, at Coginchaug Regional High School. Voting will also be at the high school, and will be combined with the vote on the annual town budget. A petition that gathered 118 valid signatures requires the town to ask at a town meeting if the town should take over

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Question of Korn School Renovations Heads to Town Meeting in Durham

DURHAM — Weeks after the town’s Board of Selectman appeared to reject a possible renovation and reuse of the Frances E. Korn Elementary School, the issue is again on the table and will be the subject of a town meeting later this month. The board voted 3-0 in March to reject an offer to take possession of the former elementary school at no cost to the town, as an alternative to demolition by the Region 13 School District. Eileen Buckheit said she circulated the petition that called for the April 26 meeting after she heard from other Durham residents who

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