Burlington School Board votes to delay capital projects

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The Burlington School Board has decided to halt all construction on early-education buildings in the works.

After several months of back and forth the board voted Tuesday for more time to get public input and do research on other options for building maintenance and new pre-k programs.

The $6-million construction plan was supposed to begin in August after it was approved by voters as part of a $19 million bond measure. Some of that money was meant to fix up old schools including Champlain and C.P. Smith elementary schools.

But school board members Tuesday agreed the community needed to be more involved. "We have not engaged this community in a manner that is respectful and that asserts trust in this district. So a halt -- whether we give it its parameters and be fiscally responsible -- and a time limit, and honor all the work that our district leaders have done," said Board Chair Clare Wool.

Several parents and community members have said they were initially left in the dark on the new construction projects. School Board Chair, Clare Wool will meet with Superintendent Yaw Obeng to decide what happens next.