Hingham: Officials support funding to design new high school running track

Hingham selectmen are supporting the allocation of $50,000 dollars to pay for a design plan for a new high school running track.

School committee chair Linda Hill said the selectmen had previously agreed on the funding, contingent on an update of the plan which was presented to the board Tuesday night.

“In March, selectmen had allocated $50,000 in our capital budget towards the construction of the project, hoping we would have a public-private partnership and that private donations would fund the rest of it. The release of funds was contingent upon us coming back with a plan,” said Hill.

However, the original plan has changed. The school department originally asked for just the design money, but is now requesting that the town pay at least half of the $450,000 dollar project.

School committee chair Linda Hill addressed the issue and said, “There should be minimum 50/50 split between private and public funding, because it’s a basic infrastructure of the town. We’re very lucky that the town won’t have to finance 100%. It’s not an extra. It’s not fluff. It’s a basic infrastructure that is the town’s responsibility. Luckily, we’re having private donors that are helping us fund that.”

The $50,000 dollar expenditure is subject to town meeting approval on Monday, April 25th.

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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.