Stoughton Town Meeting approved the plan to build a new Stoughton High School last night. Stoughton Media Access Corporation (SMAC) first reported the news via its Facebook Page. This is huge news for Stoughton.
The big fight now looms on June 7th when Stoughton residents will be asked to vote to increase their property taxes through a Proposition 2 1/2 override.
Let me talk about frankly about my business and personal experiences here.
I’ll start with my business experiences…
I’ve been selling real estate in the Greater Boston area since I was first licensed in 1999. I first worked at the Jack Conway Co., Inc. office located in Milton from 1999 until 2003. I then opened up my own shop, Jonathan Bowen Real Estate, LLC, in 2003. I worked out of my rented house in Sharon and then opened up an office in Hyde Park. I then moved to Quincy. I moved my office from Hyde Park to Boston. I opened up Hub Edge Realty, LLC on January 1st of this year. My business is now based in Stoughton.
I’ve been talking to buyers about cities and towns surrounding Boston for almost 17 years. It’s been a struggle to “sell” Stoughton. My experience in “selling” Stoughton has been generally met with tepid responses, at best, and an outright “no” in most responses. Why? The obvious response is that “it’s too close to Brockton“. Let’s get past that argument because it’s a perception that can not be easily changed.
The other response is that “the school system isn’t good“. Hmm… Is that true? A quick look at a GreatSchools.org search shows:
- Stoughton High School gets a score of 6/10
- Canton High School gets a score of 7/10
- Sharon High School gets a score of 9/10
South Elementary School gets a score of 9/10 and Joseph H. Gibbons Elementary School gets a 8/10 and Helen H. Hansen Elementary School gets a 7/10 and those are good scores but Joseph R. Dawe, Jr. Elementary School, O’Donnell Middle School and West Elementary School all get dismal 5/10 scores. Maybe there’s a point to the perceptions of the buyers that I’ve worked with?
I’ll end with my personal experiences…
I attended Cohasset High School. It was a good high school but the building was getting tired by the time I graduated in 1991. The Town of Cohasset decided to rehabilitate the building instead of tearing it down and building a new building. Cohasset High School gets a score of 8/10 on GreatSchools.org.
My graduating class had the highest percentage of graduates that were accepted to a 4-year college in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We only had one student that wasn’t accepted to a 4-year college and I think it’s because he didn’t apply to a 4-year college. Cohasset High School was always regarded as one of the best school systems in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts but I believe that it only has an 8/10 score on GreatSchools.org because the Cohasset voters decided not to override Proposition 2 1/2.
I have a new daughter and she means the world to me. As of now, she’s not going to be attending schools in Stoughton. The Stoughton school system is not good enough for my daughter. We’re going to have to make the decision to either send her to a private school or move to a new town. My girlfriend and I got involved in our new home in Stoughton before she became pregnant.
Stoughton badly needs to fund the newly approved Stoughton High School. The maximum quarterly tax increase for a property valued at $200,000 is only $63 per quarter or only $252 per year! The average property in Stoughton is valued at $307,075 and the quarterly tax bill would increase by only $96.75 or only $387 per year! I’d personally be happy to pay double that in taxes.
I guarantee you, as a real estate broker, that owners of property in Stoughton will see returns on the value of their properties much higher than $387 per year if the funding for the new Stoughton High School is approved.
I can’t quantify the returns but I can fight “the school system isn’t good” argument by showing them the plans for the new high school. It would make my job easier and help your property sell quicker and for more money than it would without the new high school. It’s a decision that’s good for your property values and for the future of Stoughton.
The Town of Holbrook approved a Proposition 2 1/2 override of $55.7 million and just recently celebrated a “topping off” ceremony for their new building that will service students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Wicked Local Holbrook ran a piece on April 19th, 2016 entitled “Residents sign off on new Holbrook preK-12 school“. I’ve already noticed real estate agents who are listing properties in Holbrook touting the news.
I was interested enough in the process to drag my daughter to the Town Meeting last night. Town Meeting is an interesting experience. I was able to meet and speak with Representative Stephen Lynch, Town Engineer Marc Tisdale and Stoughton Police Lieutenant Daniel McGowan. They’re all interested in improving Stoughton. You should too…
Vote to fund the new Stoughton High School on June 7th!!!
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