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.
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.