Marshfield: Selectmen give blessing for new model high school – dispel override as “blank check”

The Marshfield Board of Selectmen met Monday night and unanimously voted to endorse a proposal to build a $104 million dollar model high school, under the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s model high school program.

Selectman Matt McDonough is on the school building committee and addressed rumors that a Proposition 2 ½ override to pay for Marshfield’s portion of the construction costs, amounts to nothing more than a blank check.

“There has been some conversation that because the override language on the ballot doesn’t reflect an exact number, that it’s some sort of a blank check. It couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is that we will have a detailed conversation at town meeting about a set amount. Following the establishment of that ‘do not exceed’ number, we then go to the election and ask for the override”, McDonough said.

The proposal must first pass a vote at Special Town Meeting at the high school next Thursday night, November 17 – then an override election Saturday, November 19.

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.