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Voters to decide possible funding for HVAC at Hannibal schools

Next week voters will decide whether Hannibal schools get the funding school officials say is needed for improvements.

Most of the high school and other buildings like the middle school don’t have air conditioning.

Hannibal’s superintendent says a ‘yes’ vote for Proposition C.A.R.E. on next week’s ballot will allow the district to borrow an additional $14.5 million for a new HVAC system at the high school and middle school.

“We’re going to have to address our boiler systems. That’s not going to be cheap and if we have to use money out of our current existing operational budget, that’s that much less that we’re going to be able to spend to provide good quality instruction.”

The money would also pay for energy efficient upgrades at the schools.

If voters approve it, Johnson says work would start during summer break, and the new system could be ready to go in the fall.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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