Abington: Annual Town Meeting votes on school feasibility study and Meals Tax

Abington held the first session of Annual Town Meeting at the high school Monday night.

Town Meeting held off voting on any monetary warrant articles until next month. However, a large crowd turned out to vote in favor of an appropriation of $800,000, for a feasibility study that will probably focus on the construction of a new middle school and or high school.

School committee member Janette Leary explained the scope of the article and said, “The study will look at all the school buildings in Abington, to determine what the town needs or doesn’t need. How much it will cost and what that school will be, we will not know until the feasibility study is done. The most fiscally responsible, educationally appropriate and practical solution to Abington’s school building needs will be addressed and will most likely be a high school, a high school-middle school, or a middle school.”

Former Selectman Bob Wing summed up the town’s need for new schools and said, “I went to a local restaurant last weekend and we were talking about the feasibility study and the one of the gentlemen that was with me said he could do it for $100.00. All you need to know is that every school needs to come down and every school needs to be rebuilt!”

The Massachusetts School Building Authority would reimburse Abington $440,000, leaving the town to pay a total of $360,000 for the study.

The proposal must also pass a Proposition 2 ½ override debt exclusion vote at the town election April 28.

Town meeting also voted in favor of implementing a 0.75% meals tax.

Annual Town Meeting will reconvene to vote on the monetary articles, including the annual town budget, May 21.


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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.