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Hampton Academy Eyes $25 Million Renovation

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Voters in Hampton will decide whether a proposed 25 million dollar renovation of Hampton Academy middle school will proceed.

The plan calls for an extensive renovation of Hampton Academy, including a new gymnasium and overhauls of the existing building’s interior. The total cost of the project is 24.9 million dollars.

Hampton School District Superintendent Kathleen Murphy says the renovation is long overdue.

“The original building was built in 1939," explains Murhpy. "And that building hasn’t changed much. And what’s happening is if we don’t do this we just continue to pour money into trying to maintain it.”

The proposal has received support from both the Hampton School Board and Budget Committee.

Critics have cited the cost of the project.

Hampton residents will have the final say on March 8th.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.

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