The Town of Hanson is moving forward with the construction of a brand new combined Pre-K through grade five elementary school in order to replace two existing schools in town. The project has been accepted into the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s reimbursement program and Hanson officials plan to construct the new building on the site of the current Indian Head School.
However, the town’s building committee recently decided to delay the town vote on the school project, which was originally planned for Hanson’s annual spring town meeting, until special town meeting next fall in fear of overwhelming taxpayers.
Selectmen Chair Steve Amico is on the committee and voted against the delay, “They didn’t want to put it through with the budgets at the same time they were putting down the school project. I didn’t agree with it.”
Because the town vote will be delayed, so will construction. “Originally, if we had got it to the May town meeting we would’ve been able to break ground sometime in early 2014. Now the ground is not going to be broken until sometime in 2015,” said Amico
During Tuesday night’s Hanson Selectmen meeting, Selectman Don Howard said the cost of construction materials could rise within the year delay and Selectman Jim Egan said he didn’t think waiting was a wise decision either.
The request to build a new elementary school will likely go before Hanson voters in October during town meeting and then again in November during a special election.