Sherry Kilgus-Kramer, the president of Salem school advocacy group Strengthen Our Schools, which campaigned for the passage of the failed Phase II elementary school renovations on Tuesday's ballot, sent Patch the following statement regarding post-election activities:
'Strengthen Our Schools' is committed to advocating for, and providing information relevant to, projects and initiatives that support quality education in Salem, New Hampshire. Our recent focus has been the passage of Phase 2 of the facility renovations and staff raises. Now that the election is over, we will be shifting our focus to other projects as determined by our board. We have not initiated, nor are we advocating for, any activities resulting from the local election process on Tuesday, March 13th.
The $21.5 million bond for Phase II to renovate Fisk, Haigh and Soule Schools failed to receive the required 60 percent majority for passage by approximately 300 votes in an election with unprecedented turnout.