Abington: Town reinstates some positions in fiscal 2012 budget

Abington reconvened their annual town meeting Tuesday night and voted to pass a $43.8 million dollar operating budget for fiscal 2012.

The budget looks a little bit better than in previous years. Fire station 2 will be reopened, and a second ambulance is expected to be reinstated in about eight to ten months.

The $17.7 million dollar school department budget has been increased 2.6% over last year, and school committee chair Russ Fitzgerald says the Center Elementary School, which was closed last year due to budget cuts, will be reopened for kindergarten classes.

Fitzgerald said, “The Center School will be reopened for pre-k through kindergarten. It will allow half day kindergarten classes and tuition based full day. So, the funding is coming partially from the town and from the tuition based program.”

Positions will also be added in the middle school and elementary schools.

“Spanish will be added in the eighth grade, so they will have a full year of Spanish, which they didn’t have before. Art will also be reinstated in the elementary schools. They’ve been trying to do art by bringing a cart to each class, but now they’ll actually have an art class, which is a great thing to bring back, “said Fitzgerald.

Town meeting wrapped up all the articles on the warrant.

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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.