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What Residents Are Saying About the School Appeal

We recap some of the comments posted to the Wilmington Patch Facebook page after high school construction was delayed by another appeal.

Regardless of what side of the debate residents fall on, the new high school plans and have brought out strong reactions.

Many residents have expressed their views on the Wilmington Patch Facebook page, as about 150 comments were posted about the on Friday alone.

What do you think about the appeals and the project as a whole? Let us know in the comments section or on the Wilmington Patch Facebook and Twitter pages.

Here is a recap of what some residents had to say through social media:

Mary Downs: I've lived in this town for 50+ years! Mr. O'Reilly is right. We do not need a new High School. It's time we take a step back. We have never been given a complete cost of this school. Meaning - The cost of a new sewer system, which will come down Rt. 62? The price of tearing down the old school, the price of removing old abestos (which there is A LOT), the price of dealing with the oil leak which has been there for years. Would you approve an addition on your home without all the facts? It's not a new building that teaches your children, it's TEACHERS that teach your children. Looks aren't EVERYTHING!

Lennie Malvone: It is time that the majority of the voters in Wilmington have their say. It is time that the voters of Wilmington tell the people who are appealiing this and causing the cost to rise to stop, they lost. To all who voted for the school and want the high school now is the time to speak out in the most strongest of terms WE WANT THIS HIGH SCHOOL.

Jennifer Erickson: I don't understand it. We just moved to Wilmington and I can't see myself being here more than one year for kindergarten. I have never seen such rundown schools. Wilmington would have a much better draw for new homebuyers if the schools were updated. We drove by the kindergarten school (after we already committed to moving) and I almost cried. My older son said it looked like a jail. Update your schools Wilmington!

Stacey Foti: Due process was completed when an overwhelming majority of this town voted twice for the new high school. These delays are a waste of money and hurt my children and all the other children of the community.

Mathew Jancsics: How many times can they be denied and still feel their cause is just? Truly an example of where the system falls apart and unfortunately places a greater burden on everyone. While some will argue against it, I truly feel that if validated after this action the town should move to recover costs from these individuals so as not to futher the expense on the rest of us.

Michael Monteforte, Jr.: So tired of this. As a lawyer, I'm ashamed that so few can hold the overwhelming majority hostage like this.

Editor's Note: Some of the previous comments were lightly edited for grammar and spelling purposes.

Bill L July 28, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Wow, I'm suprised that Matt was able to finally get some facts right. As a writer he is ok but he needs to get his facts straight more often. There are many articles that I read that have incorrect information. No wonder why he is still just a blogger.
Bill L July 28, 2012 at 07:26 PM
By the way, Spell check would be nice... exmaple - whats this word?
Matt Schooley (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Thank you for your feedback, Bill. It is always helpful to hear from readers as to what can be done to make the site better. If you ever come across something that you believe is incorrect, you are more than welcome to e-mail me at matthew.schooley@patch.com or call me directly at (978) 761-9473. As I mentioned in the article, I did not write these comments or type them out. They are copy and pasted from the Wilmington Patch Facebook page, and it seems that in this case I did not correct the spelling error in Mathew's post. I apologize for the mistake. Thanks again for your feedback, it is always welcome. Have a great weekend! Matt
Steve McMahan July 29, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Matt, you're way too nice. Hey Bill, go strain the gnat somewhere else. This is an excellent source of free local news.
Christine July 29, 2012 at 01:44 AM
love your post Steve..I was going to writee the smae psto to ttaM ...lol
Mathew Jancsics July 29, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Matt, my apologies for the spelling mistake, seems to have gotten Bill's undies in a bunch, maybe he should buddy up with Karl as they seem to run plays from the same book, when you can't comment intelligently on the content resort to picking on the spelling and grammar.
Janus July 29, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I'm so tired of the worn cliche "building don't teach students, teachers teach student." This is simply code for I know nothing about how education works but a new school does will not benefit me personally." If you really believed that teachers matter, then give them the work facilities to do their jobs and don't lose the good ones by underpaying them relative to the state salary average (2010 latest Mass DOE reporting of state average $68,781; Wilmington average $63 209).
Christine August 04, 2012 at 01:59 AM
thanks Janus,,,great time to post this during summer vacation, when just about everyone would vote to pay someone....anyone.....to take their kids for six hours!! (just a joke folks...lol) but seriously,----well said and true

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