BARRINGTON, RI - The wood shop program at Barrington Middle School will keep buzzing on after city residents recently voted 68-65 in favor of a 0.03% tax increase to continue the program and pay for a new dust collection system to bring the facility up to fire code.
The standing vote took place during a town meeting held May 23.
The tax increase will hike the residential tax rate from from $17.95 to $18.00 per $1,000 assesed value, according to EastBayRI.com. It will provide an additional $144,000 to the school's budget to fund the program, including rescinding plans to eliminate an industrial arts teacher position and installing a new dust collection system that would meet the municipal fire code by collecting sawdust outside the building.
One supporter of the wood shop told the news source that wood shop allows students to link classroom math, science and problem-solving skills with hands-on instruction.
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