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Selectmen won’t be involved in school construction process

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Despite what he called the “cluster of mistakes” in the planning for an elementary school in Hanson, Whitman Town Administrator Frank Lynam said his town’s selectmen will not get involved in the process. The Whitman-Hanson Regional School Board, which includes six members from Whitman, recently asked the Massachusetts School Building Authority for an extension for the $29 million in funding it had been willing to give for half the cost of the school, Lynam said. Last month, Hanson voters failed to give the school plan a two-thirds majority at special Town Meeting, and officials thought the plan was dead. But they later learned that a simple majority was alll that was needed, so the plan was passed. Lynam said Whitman selectmen were not notified, but if they are in the future, “there will be no reason for them to take any action. Whitman has no role in the process.”

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