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Bar Harbor voters will decide on Nov. 2 whether to spend $3 million to design, engineer and pursue permitting for a major renovation and expansion of the aging Conners Emerson School.

The school, which houses grades kindergarten through 8, serves about 350 students each year. The town has spent $2.7 million over the past 20 years in order to keep its two separate buildings functioning, but town officials believe it’s time to devote money to a major renovation project rather than continually trying to make piecemeal repairs to the existing buildings.

If voters approve the $3 million referendum question, it would reflect general support in Bar Harbor for overhauling and constructing a major addition onto the Emerson building, officials said. The renovations likely would cost in excess of $35 million, in addition to the $3 million that would fund the design and permitting phase.

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