Duxbury: Middle/High School project approved by community

“1,931 yes and 1,528 no,” announced Selectmen Chair Shawn Dahlen

About 3,400 Duxbury residents came out to the polls Saturday to vote either yes or no for a new co-located middle/high school, the school project passed in a majority vote of 56%.

After the article tremendously passed the two-thirds vote needed during special town meeting last week, a majority vote was needed at the polls. But the town was very divided with Duxbury just passing the school project.

Volunteer at the polls, Maureen Madden, was surprised by the small turnout, “We didn’t have as many as we expected, we thought we’d have a lot more voters. We’re only over 3,000 and we thought we’d have a lot more than that… think that maybe there were some people who felt that the vote was so overwhelming last week that they were all set today. But you have to realize you have to come here and it’s got to get voted by majority here first.”

The $128 project is part of the Mass School Building Authority’s model school program. Taxes are reported to increase approximately 11% over a 25 year term. The MSBA will be reimbursing Duxbury 45.3% of the project budget.

Superintendent Benedict Tantillo was thrilled with the turnout, “You know I feel very happy that the town had faith in the School Building Committee and the School Committee. I promise we will use this money judiciously and have a school that comes in on time.”

The next step is to pick a construction manager in January. The school is scheduled to open by September 2014.

About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.