Obeng discusses Burlington school bond, teacher strike, Macias

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) It's a $70 million decision Burlington residents will have to make next week.

The Burlington School District is asking voters to approve a bond to rehab Burlington High School. The school was built in 1966 and includes five buildings. The bond would help the school catch up on deferred maintenance, improve safety and security, and make the buildings more accessible.

We asked superintendent Yaw Obeng why the bond is important.

"We're talking about an investment in our students and in the future. I've had conversations with individuals who don't have children in the system. And we talk about what is their investment in society and how are they going to do something that's going to affect them in the long run," Obeng said.

The district has faced the challenges of a recent teacher strike and the state charging guidance director Mario Macias with misconduct. We asked Obeng why voters should put trust and money in the district. Watch the video for his answer in the full interview.

Click here to read the notarized Stafford affidavit on Burlington High School guidance director Mario Macias.