Operational Override Information

We are pleased to inform our community that the override has passed at the town election. Thanks to thousands of Hingham residents who supported the override, the school and town will be able to implement the level service budget and continue to fund crucial staffing positions and programs. We sincerely appreciate everyone who took the time to attend the town meeting as well as vote in today’s election.

For the preliminary results, please visit:

https://www.hingham-ma.gov/413/Ballots-Warrants-Results

The Town of Hingham is entering the FY24 budget season with a deficit that resulted from COVID-19 and related operational needs.

To address this deficit, the town will present an override proposal to Town Meeting and at the ballot. As part of the override process, the town, including the schools, must present two budgets: 

  • The level services budget, which has been strongly advocated by Central Office, district leadership, and the Hingham School Committee, to allow us to maintain current programming. This budget assumes that the Town Meeting provides an operational override. 
  • The reduced service budget/balanced budget outlines a series of reductions that would be needed if an operational override fails.

The town’s expected FY24 deficit will be $6.2 million (previously 7.5M). The school’s portion of this deficit is 65%. Proposed reductions total approximately 4.8 million dollars which include funding needed to cover unemployment costs.

Without an operational override, the district would require significant personnel and program reductions in addition to the initial round of cuts presented to the School Committee at budget hearings over the past few weeks.

Find budget documents HERE.

For more information on the town’s proposed override, please visit the Town of Hingham website.

Level Service Budget Videos

Mary Eastwood, South Elementary Principal
Derek Smith, Hingham Middle School Principal
Matt Scheufele, Foster Elementary Principal
Greg Lamothe, Plymouth River Elementary Principal

Informational Videos

Override Explanation
Feb. 1 Budget Meeting 5 – Discussion of Reductions
Feb. 13 Public Hearing with School Committee
Feb. 16 Joint Session with Select Board, School Committee, and AdCom
Feb. 27 School Committee Meeting – Budget approved by SC

Budget Meetings

DateTimeLocationMeeting Type
Monday, Feb. 277:00 pmTown HallBudget Update at School Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 287:00 pmTown HallCapital Outlay Approval
Thursday, Mar. 27:00 pmTown HallSchool Budget Discussion at Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Mar. 77:00 pmTown HallPossible Vote on Budget at Select Board Meeting
Thursday, Mar. 97:00 pmTown HallSchool Budget Discussion at Advisory Committee Meeting
Monday, Mar. 137:00 pmTown HallBudget Update at School Committee Meeting
Thursday, Mar. 167:00 pmTown HallPossible Vote on Budget at Advisory Committee
Meeting
Monday, Apr. 247:00 pmHingham High SchoolTOWN MEETING
Saturday, Apr. 298:00 am – 8:00 pmBALLOT VOTE