The Battle Over the New High School

Mom columnist Christine MacKenzie says the school debate is sending the wrong message to the town's youth population.

These days, in Wilmington, there seems to be one subject and one subject only; the plans for a new Wilmington High School. It is, without a doubt, the one subject that everyone in town seems to have something to say about. 

I need to make very clear that, as a mom and a lifelong resident of Wilmington I support the plans for a new school 100 percent. I feel strongly that when we, as residents, to approve the plans for a new school we were, at the same time, proving our commitment to the town as well as it’s youngest residents.

Yes, in December as the vote approached, I expressed my support for the project and encouraged other residents to do the same. Today I stand by my words and remain as committed as ever to the plans for a new school. I look forward to a new school and all that it will be able to offer to the residents of our town.

That being said, like most people here in town, I have been following coverage of the high school project right here on Patch.  I read the articles, follow the updates and take an interest in all that is going on.

That means of course that, like everyone else, I have been watching the situation erupt into what can only be described as a virtual war of words. Yes, I do believe that everyone has a right to their opinion even if it doesn’t agree with mine. Yes, I do believe that everyone is entitled to their opinion even when it doesn’t agree with the majority. No, I don’t believe that voicing ones’ opinion means having the right to exchange insults and spread a constant stream of slander.

I don’t believe that making a mockery of our town and our system of government is acceptable and I don’t believe that trying to “undo” the decision already made by the majority is the right thing to do.

Let’s face it. A new high school is about making a commitment to better educate our town’s students. What lesson, exactly, are we teaching those students when we resort to name calling and bickering? What are they learning when adults are reduced to trading sarcastic barbs? What are students learning when town residents vote overwhelmingly to improve our school system and, even then the project can’t get started on time?

The town’s residents have voted overwhelmingly in support of the project, the and, yet, the arguments seem to continue to intensify.   

All in all the whole process seems to have become a “how to” manual in teaching our kids that, even when things are done legally, , they can still go terribly wrong.

I hate to see the example being set for our kids and know that we, as Wilmington residents, can do better than this. I agreed with Town Manager Mike Caira when he called the high school vote the most important decision that the town had to make in the past 40 years and never dreamt that, all these month’s later, progress would be stopped by .

For as long as I can remember this town has stood behind family values and good neighbors. We owe it to all of the town’s kids to set a better example and find a resolution that will help get this project underway.

Nurse Kay August 11, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I feel quite certain the little to no asbestos found in the high school is one of the few non-threatening tactics some are desperately trying to hold onto to win a vote or keep one from flipping to the other side. I too, would imagine that major discussion would be had about the cost of removal BEFORE demolition. If asbestos is a main concern for some, I'd be more concerned with the other schools and public buildings actually containing a good deal of it, despite its complete isolation and law abiding care and sealant.
Scott Munro August 13, 2012 at 11:51 PM
@Kevin you would get more support if you just put the facts out there. Josephine is a more reasonable voice here. Did someone delete posts yet again? Posts of Harvard pop out of no where. Christine why didn't Harvard knock down buildings and rebuild. I thought that is less costly?
Christine August 14, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Scott, Kevin's great at taking helpful advice, I'm sure he will appreciate yours ....just look at how well I listen to you :)
Nurse Kay August 14, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I don't think posts have been deleted. It's a matter of getting off topic. I had this issue with Christine on a different article. I just stop commenting to her/people when I realize how difficult it is for them to stay on point/article at hand, whether we're in agreement or not. I think there is so much discussion on different articles, that for some, the various issues blend together, hence we get off the wall comments, lose focus of topic at hand, or what I like to call "Polly Parrot" comments (where the same person repeats the same thing whether related or not to subject. It's all they know to say). We have a few of them on Patch. It's just hard for some people to keep up on the different articles or discussions when too much information is being thrown at them.
Rebecca October 09, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I am a freshman in college doing a paper on the new Wilmington high school. I was a student from Wilmington High School the past 4 years and I was looking for research in the Wilmington Patch thinking I would get some decent statistics or voices. Instead, I am witnessing a bunch of absolute chaos and very disturbing, immature responses. Hopefully no kids are looking at this because this is an EXTREMELY bad example all of you are setting for children, an absolute disgrace.


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