Resource dog program under consideration; some parents say getting students back to school should be the priority

Feb. 24, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer Implementing a resource dog program at Hingham High School would represent “an enormous step forward for our school community,” according to Principal Rick Swanson. Resource dogs are sometimes referred to as comfort or therapy dogs. The HHS Class of 2020 recently pledged $10,000 toward this effort as a …

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Selectmen and advisory committee consider $62 million school budget proposal; talk of potential override continues

Photo by Joshua Ross Feb. 24, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer Nearly 220 callers were on the line last night to listen to Supt. of Schools Paul Austin’s detailed $62 million Fiscal 2022 proposed budget presentation to the selectmen and advisory committee, with the school committee also participating. Selectmen Chair Mary Power noted that the …

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School committee approves next step in return to in-person learning, subject to HEA ratification

February 23, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer The school committee last night unanimously approved during a remote meeting the school administration’s proposal for all non-remote K-5 students to return to school full-time (five days a week) on or before March 15, with students in grades 1 to 5 attending full days — with physical distancing in …

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Hingham teacher part of National History Day team creating Library of Congress student guides

Photo courtesy of Christina O’Connor February 22, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer Christina O’Connor, a Hingham High School history teacher for the past 19 years, is pleased to be among the 15 educators who applied for, and were chosen to participate in, a partnership between National History Day and the Library of Congress to create …

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News update: Potential override on horizon; Foster feasibility study advances

February 10, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer With the town facing a projected $7 million budget deficit for fiscal 2022, the possibility of a Proposition 2-1/2 override resurfaced again during last night’s well-attended remote selectmen’s meeting. “No decisions have yet been made,” Selectmen Chair Mary Power said. “All options are on the table.” At the …

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Hingham doctor weighs in on back-to-school safety concerns

Feb. 9, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer Hingham resident David Del Sesto, D.O., an infectious diseases physician, is offering to meet with Hingham Public Schools teachers and administrators who are interested in learning more about his perspective on the safety of students returning to full in-person learning, based on the most up-to-date data. “I can …

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K-5 students could return to school full-time by March 15; some say $62 million school budget proposal isn’t enough

Photo by Kelly Sikkema Feb. 9, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer Supt. of Schools Paul Austin unveiled a proposal to the school committee last night for all non-remote K-5 students to return to school full-time (five days a week) on or before March 15, with students in grades 1 to 5 attending full days. The …

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Recurring theme during coffee with the superintendent: When will students be returning to full in-person learning?

Photo by Joshua Ross February 6, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer During an animated virtual coffee hour with Supt. of Schools Paul Austin Thursday night — which attracted nearly 380 participants — the continuing question voiced by frustrated parents was when will students be able to return to in-person learning full-time. Concerns were also expressed …

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The International Private School to Expand to a New Norwell Location

Photo courtesy of SELA February 2, 2021, Submitted by SELA SELA: The International Private School located in the Shipyard area of Hingham announced the expansion of their current School of Early Global Education (ages 3 months to 5 years) to include a new, second location in Norwell. This 14,000 square foot new construction building will …

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