Portland voters support four-school bond

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PORTLAND — With nearly all precincts reporting, it appears that Portland voters have approved a $64.2 million bond to repair and upgrade four of the city’s elementary schools.

Those schools are Longfellow, Lyseth, Presumpscot and Reiche.

A second bond question asked voters whether to spend $31.6 million only on Lyseth and Presumpscot, leaving the city to rely on the possibility of state construction dollars for the other two schools.

Protect Our Neighborhood Schools waged a long campaign in support of the four-school bond, which started as soon as the City Council voted to place the two bond measures on the local ballot this past summer.

The group Better Schools, Better Deal got a somewhat late start in support of the two-school bond, but the measure still saw wide-spread support among voters Tuesday.