Dennis-Yarmouth Voters say "Yes" To New School

Dennis-Yarmouth School Vote

12/5/18

Dennis and Yarmouth voters turned out Tuesday to vote on a proposal to build a 117-million dollar Regional Middle School.

The proposal passed, but just barely..................the final unofficial numbers show Dennis voters said Yes, 1,371, to 876 No. In Yarmouth, the voters went the other way with 1, 955 saying No, to 1,502 Yes.

Between the two towns the proposal for the new school ultimately passed by only 32 votes.

Yarmouth residents also voted “No” on a debt exclusion which would have allowed a 25 year property tax increase that would pay down the town’s estimated $48.7 million share of the costs.

In Dennis, the debt exclusion for its share, estimated to be $24.2 million, passed yesterday.

The state will reimburse the region about $45.3 million.

The new school will replace the Mattacheese Middle School in West Yarmouth and the Nathaniel H. Wixon Innovation School in South Dennis.

The new school, barring anything unforeseen, will be built on district owned land behind the Station Avenue Elementary School in South Yarmouth and be open for the 2021-22 school year.

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