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High School Building Committee - Public Forum

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Mark Nelson October 13, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Every voter/taxpayer should print this out and post on your refrigerator............... THIS IS A BLANK CHECK.................VOTE NO.............OIL CLEANUP IS COST PROHIBITIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​!!!
Stacie October 13, 2011 at 07:11 PM
DID YOU KNOW? If you're a product of Wilmington's public school system and born after 1935, you were educated in the same building (with 5 additions or renovations over the past 60+ years) that the Class of 2015 is currently being educated in! It's time for a new WHS. Feel free to re-post or share. VOTE FOR A NEW HIGH SCHOOL!!
Mark Nelson October 13, 2011 at 07:21 PM
DID YOU KNOW ? That the current High School serves as a CAP to a MASSIVE OIL SPILL....and the property known as 159 Church St. is classified as an A-# Disposal Site.....I'm in favor of a New High School but not if it requires demolishing the current High School currently valued at $ 17,000,000 by the Board of Assessor Office....Poor Choice Bad Plan.........................Feel free to re-post or share....VOTE NO ? 1 ***********
Shawn Moran October 13, 2011 at 10:38 PM
When families are strugglimg to make ends meet and hold own to there homes and then are asked to added extra costs on to there already tight budgets it is a bad idea. A new school is definetly needed but this is not the time.
Laurie October 14, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Building age is not necessarily an indicator of quality of education and many students will hopefully go on to college where many will be attending classes in buildings that are hundreds of years old. I did not learn any less in my classes that were in older buildings than I did in newer classrooms on my college campus. If anything the most technologically advanced rooms seemed to be the least productive because many students were distracted on their laptops and computers!
Laurie October 14, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Wasn't Wilmington High School accredited last year? It looks like we passed and are all set for almost 10 years. What is not up to code on the building that is a risk to losing accredidation? I would be fine with some renovations or modifications to the school but I am against building another new school during these tough times.
Shawn Moran October 15, 2011 at 04:15 PM
It is the quality of the teachers not the building that is more important.Build it they will come not always so.
daj October 16, 2011 at 02:47 PM
I must agree with Chrisine. Let's not lose what aid we will get by posponing this.
suz sull October 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Sorry, the building is too old will just not fly. Case in point: Harvard University: Hands-down the oldest college in the United States. Harvard got the nation's educational future off to a good start in 1636. The school currently has about 320,000 living alumni. One of the greatest thing about the Harvard Campus is the way they mix the old with the new. It is such an important part of the character of the school, the learning experience. The building does not educate, people educate. This mentality of tear something down to rebuild, to destroy an asset to create a new asset is ignorant. Sorry it is ignorant.
suz sull October 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM
About the oil......."it's been there for a long time, and will hopefully remain there undisturbed...if for some reason it is disturbed...we would have to clean it up ANYWAY--whether or not there is a new high school..." News flash - The oil is in the groundwater, groundwater moves, the oil is NOT just remaining there. It is/was irresponsible of the town to not have cleaned it up when it happened. People should be angry about this. Instead let's just keep it covered up? Wrong, very wrong! People have private wells in that area.
suz sull October 17, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Christine, Your rationale is bizarre I'm afraid. The new middle school did NOT improve the education my kids received. I still would vote for it today knowing what I know, but it DID NOT improve the education. I disagree that our high school is an embarrassment. Saying our kids deserve a new high school will not fly in this town. Mark my words. Better change your strat.
suz sull October 17, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Christine, Well that was a much better response. If you want to sell something, I guess that would be the right way to do it. I have already sent 2 kids through the system and still have a sophomore at the high school. I personally do not think the education they get there is top notch, mostly not because of the building, but because of our approach. That is a whole other issue. The issue today in my mind is what is the best project for the town. I would like to see a better facility. I just do not like the project. It is being crammed into the site. I do not think it is right to tear down a building that has nothing wrong with it. I hate to say it but Mark Nelson is right. Buying the farm is a win win situation. I would debate anyone on that anytime.
Meg Ryan October 17, 2011 at 06:13 PM
I was under the impression that the farm was not for sale. Is that the case?
Frank West October 17, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Hi Stacey- I graduated in 1980 from Wilmington Hight School. When I was t here, the Industrial Arts Dept was where our gym is today, auditorium seats were older, the windows throughout the building have since ben replaced, the library has been moved to where the English rooms were, the science labs are where drafting rooms were and the track has been replaced since 1980. As you stated, there have been many renovations and additions since the building has ben built. Are you saying that we cannot continue to renovate as we have based on your posting.? I do have a question, will the building of a new high school affect the Fourth of July activities in future years? Nobody has adressed this and I was curious. Frank West Class of 1980 WHS
Matt Schooley (Editor) October 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Frank, that is a question I had not thought of. Let me look into that for for you and see how, if at all, the Fourth of July festivities might be impacted by a potential build.
Christine October 20, 2011 at 10:40 PM
The BUILDING is an embarrassment--do not twist my words. I am proud of the education my three children are receiving or they wouldn't be there...AND I never said they deserve a new high school--that's a ridiculous argument--you are the bizarre one my dear..And I still say that I will put my money where my mouth is on this project--I think it's your "strat" that needs attention.

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