School Officials Announce Forums and Special Town Meeting

The superintendent told School Committee members that two forums on the district's elementary school needs are tentatively set for Sept. 11 and Oct. 2.


Superintendent Lynne Celli told School Committee members on Wednesday that the Special Town Meeting on funding for a study on the district's elementary school building needs is scheduled Oct. 15.

The study is expected to cost between $400,000 and $600,000, with the state reimbursing part of the cost. The appropriation would pay for two firms to complete a two-year feasibility study and schematic design package for the project.

Towns such as Swampscott typically qualify for a partial reimbursement, according to local officials.

Town Meeting members will vote on the proposed study at the Special Town Meeting. A two-thirds super-majority is needed for approval.

First, though School Building Committee members will hold their second and third community forums, Sept. 11 and Oct. 2, on the proposed building of a new elementary school.

The forums are both scheduled to take place at at 7 p.m.

A+ Schools August 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Terry, I am curious, why does this vote need a super-majority approval by Town Meeting? It seems to me that it would have a better opportunity of passage if a simple majority vote was required. Thanks. Thanks.
Terry Date August 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Thanks Allen. Committee members said at a meeting at the end of May that the two-thirds majority is needed for approval of a town meeting article that seeks bonding authority for an appropriation. The town does not have $400,000 to $600,000 at its disposal for the study appropriation so it must bond the article, they said.
What everyone in Swampscott should be aware of: 1. If a new school is built, it will cost the taxpayers of Swampscott 10-15 million dollars. 2. If a new school is built, it will cause horrible traffic on Humphrey Street. 3. The committee has not determined for what cost Hadley and the other schools can be rehabilitated. I believe that all of the Swampscott schools can be rehabbed for under 5 million dollars. They also believe that if a toilet is fixed at Hadley, then it has to be closed for 3 years and the kids will be in trailers while it is fixed. This is not true. Please get involved and don't allow this unnecessary school to be railroaded into being, The study will allow the committee to say that if we don't build the school, then the study money will have been wasted.
Swampscott tax payer September 17, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Mr. Potts - can you please detail for us how you determined the the costs for rehabilitating the 3 elementary schools can be done for under 5 million? Thank you.
Do you mean that no one knows what the number is?


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