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School Lunch Charges Among Town's Weekly Payments

Your tax dollars went to 200 checks totalling $714,867.33 this week, and here are a few examples of those payments.

Each week the town spends money approved in the annual budget for everyday expenses and, each week, Wilmington Patch will be running a new feature, highlighting a handful of these expenses for our readers' perusal.

The following is a small sample of who the town paid, how much they paid them, and for what reason. Check back each week for more line items out of the town's budget.

In total, the town cut 200 checks totalling $714,867.33. Here is a look at a few of those payments.

vendortext  invamt Air Cleaning Services, LLC  $1,000.00 Clean oven hood and ducts for school lunch Central Paper Products Co  $4,917.95 Paper products and detergents for school lunch Fire Alarm & Safety Tech, Inc  $541.75 Repair of fire alarms at Public Safety Building Independent Electric Supply Co  $598.67 Electrical supplies for Public Buildings Jet Mail, Inc.  $1,192.68 Mailing of Real Estate tax bills for Collectors office Keane Fire & Safety Equipment  $485.87 Inspection of fire extinguishers for school lunch Occupational Health Centers of  $198.00 Physical for new employee Reading Municipal Light Dept.  $2,035.48 Electric bill for town building Showcase Cinemas  $7,750.00 Tickets for sale by Recreation Department paid by program fees Welch Brothers Co., Inc.  $262.50 Repair of school lunch ovens
Kevin MacDonald October 15, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Matt, is the smart water in your picture for the 49% of eighth grades who were found to be in the warning or needs improvement category in mathematics at the Wilmington Middle School or for people who want to pay $82 million dollars for a 192,443 sq. ft. school that seems to be greatly overpriced when compared to costs of construction on the RS Means cost estimating website http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/rsmeans/models/high-school/massachusetts/boston/
lisa Dahlquist October 15, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Lol
Richard Jertz October 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
You really know how to earn the support of the people in Wilmington. Everything else has failed so you might as well make fun of the students. You are the best !
Matt Schooley (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Kevin, Your comment has no relevance to this article. Please keep high school comments to the appropriate articles. Thank you. Matt
Bob October 15, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Kevin, why do you live in Wilmington if you hate it so much?
lisa Dahlquist October 15, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I'm not hearing that he "hates Wilmington" I think the comment he made today is true! I have two children in the wilmington school system, and yes they too are in warning along with a lot of other children!
Gail Amerault Comeau October 15, 2012 at 05:17 PM
It is getting to the point that I don't want to read Patch anymore because this whacko finds a way to permeate every conversation with his ridiculous notions.
Bob October 15, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Please look at the Massachusetts DESE DART Data and you will see that Wilmington Middle School is comparable if not better than a lot of the other local middle schools. Lynnfield, Needham, Wakefield, Tewksbury just to name a few. http://www.doe.mass.edu/apa/dart/ My family moved to Wilmington for the schools. They do a lot of great things and it seems that some people in this town make irrational statements without looking at all the facts. More credit needs to be given to all the hard working teachers and administrators at WMS!
Wayne Sullivan October 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
It isn't relevant to this article first of all. Second, the website you reference does not take into consideration material costs and other costs associated with items such as furniture for school, computers, etc. You probably expect the kids to sit on the floor indian style anyway to save money and work off stone tablets like they did when you were a young lad. The square footage your website references is a good chunk smaller too by the way by about 62,443 sq. ft. Just don't even mention this 32% portion of the building you are missing and what that costs because that will save us money, heck just cut a wing off the plans! The clear point is this that you come across with false and inaccurate information and put your Mac ("In")Sanity spin on everything all the time and it's not working for ya so now you go after lunch costs and Smart water. You seem a little desperate to me.
Kevin MacDonald October 15, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Whiny Wayne, first of all, it's MacSanity. Second, you apparently are unable to go to the models of different construction on the website and find the most expensive square foot cost and multiply it by the sq. ft. of the proposed school which is 192,443. Is this because you are one of the eighth grade graduates that was in the warning or needs improvement category in mathematics? I guess you think school furniture costs more than the construction of the class room. Information is not false to those who know how to read.
Matt Schooley (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Once again, let's please keep the high school conversation to the articles where it is relevant.
Richard Jertz October 15, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Thank you Matt. I can read and I understand that this Mr. MacDonald is looking for another 15 minutes of fame / abuse. I hope all the 8th grade parents get to read his comments and Ms Dahlquist, maybe you should have your children work a little harder in school or hire Kevin as a tutor. He has nothing constuctive to do with his life or time.
lisa Dahlquist October 15, 2012 at 09:22 PM
No that's what I pay taxes for....I'm paying for my kids to get an education! Its just not my kids its a lot of kids! What's that tell you? I've lived in Wilmington for 41 years, how long you been here? Looks like you only have a 3rd grade education yourself ......if you don't know what your talking about,I suggest you keep your comments to yourself.
Wayne Sullivan October 16, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Whiny Wayne...seriously...that's the best you can do. You are the biggest whiner this town has ever seen. Pricing is set on square footage and many other things. Do your homework!
Maya October 16, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Matt, can you delete Kevin's comments when he goes off on his off topic rants? Especially when he makes mean comments about children? Some children struggle in school and him making light of that with his comments only serves to make these kids feel worse about themselves than they already do!
Matt Schooley (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Maya, Thanks for checking in. I try my best to keep comments in line and on topic. Some of the recent comments have come close to violating Patch's terms of use, but did not cross into that territory, so I have let them stay. However, I have also deleted several comments in the last day or so. I'll continue to monitor things and will remind all readers to please remain civil, stick to the topic at hand and refrain from personal attacks. If there's anything else you think I may have missed, don't hesitate to reach out. Thanks! Matt
jo October 16, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Matt, what is frustrating about Kevin MacDonald's comments is that they are, like the appeals so far, not based on any real facts. It's unfair for him to sound off against the WMS 8th graders and the faculty, when in fact the numbers (as sad as they may appear) are actually in line with the district and the state! I'm actually a parent of one of those recently tested 8th graders, so I actually have access to the data. 44% of WMS 8th graders are at Needs Improvement or Warning categories in math, the exact same percentage as in the district, and slightly lower than that of the state, at 47%, actually. Comment on the quality of education if you like, but it is NOT isolated nor attributable soley to the WMS. There is something to having some balance in these stories, and not allowing posters to fabricate data points to prove their own misguided theories and spew propaganda to validate their arguments.
Matt Schooley (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Jo, I understand what you are saying. I believed what Kevin was referring to was statistics given at a School Committee meeting last year (http://wilmington.patch.com/articles/school-committee-principals-discuss-improvement-plans), so it was my belief that in this case he wasn't being intentionally misleading. As always, I'll continue to monitor comments to make sure readers are not violating Patch's terms of service. Thank you for following, and please let me know if you have any questions. Matt

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