Hanson: Elected officials sworn in; options weighed to renovate or build new school

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Tuesday night, newly elected town officials were sworn in by Hanson’s Town Clerk including Selectmen incumbents Steve Amico and Don Howard.

But the organization of the five-member board will remain as is after Selectmen voted Amico into his 2nd consecutive year as Chair.

“I go back to the election, I think I’ve done a good job. I feel as though they feel I’ve done a good job. They wanted to give me another shot at it,” said Amico

But during the Selectmen’s meeting, Chair Amico gave an update to the board about the progress of the Building Committee which is currently considering six options to renovate, expand, or tear down Maquan Elementary or the Indian Head School or combine both, creating a preschool through 5th grade joint school.

Amico explained that they want the project to fit community needs, “We need another gymnasium similar to what we have over at the Middle School. What’s going to happen with Memorial Hall, that was a question, still hasn’t been answered yet.”

The Hanson Memorial Auditorium sits next to the Indian Head School which could be affected if the town builds a combined school.

According to Amico, Hanson could be seeing a 56% reimbursement from the Mass School Building Authority.

But he explained they could possibly get the most from their buck by choosing a new school rather than improving both,“If you’re doing a renovation than you’re not going to actually get reimbursed for any of the work that’s done at the Indian Head School so that’s actually going to be footed by the people of Hanson, versus being footed 56% by MSBA and 44% by the people of Hanson.”

A final option will be chosen by October when the school project goes to the MSBA for a concrete reimbursement number. Hanson voters will make the ultimate decision whether or not to approve the project at their May 2013 town meeting.

(Swearing-in of elected officials)

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.