WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton voters approved a $50 million construction and renovation project for Miller-Driscoll School -- but only by a narrow 27-vote margin -- in a referendum vote Saturday.
Of the 1,931 voters who cast ballots in the referendum, 979 voted yes while 952 voted no. The town's turnout was only 17 percent of the 11,242 eligible voters in Wilton.
First Selectman Bill Brennan strongly backed the yes vote and said all of the school's issues would be resolved in one project.
Among the issues are a leaky roof and inadequate renovation.
The goals of the project are to extend the life of the school for 25 more years and to create space that is functional and can accommodate the growing prekindergarten special needs student population.
Other objectives of the project include bringing the facilities up to current code standards, completing the required major infrastructure replacements and upgrades, and improving site circulation and safety.
"This proposal is one of the most important projects for Wilton in the last 25 years and was unanimously approved by a highly qualified building committee composed of citizen volunteers," Brennan said in a statement.
"The proposed plans have also earned the unanimous approval of the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Education and the Board of Finance."
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