Plympton: Town Meeting says no to SPED consultant

Plympton Town Meeting began and completed its special and annual session Wednesday night in the Dennett Elementary School. It approved a $10 million operating budget, a variety of capital items, including replacement of computers, highway trucks and police equipment, improvements to the transfer station and completion of the Town House storage vault. Expected to cause some controversy, the Meeting approved upgrade of the ambulance service to ALS level with no opposition.

It spent the most amount of time, a half hour, on a proposal by selectmen to spend $5,000 on a consultant to advise on how to reduce the town’s increasing special education expense. Selectmen argued the special education cost will expand to 12 percent of the total budget next fiscal year. The school committee reminded the Meeting selectmen have no voice in special education spending.Individual negotiations between the schools and parents of special needs students set the bill. That proposal was defeated.

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Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor. He won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.