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High School Gymnasium to be Demolished in February

The decision to take down the gym despite the pending appeal was announced at Wednesday's School Committee meeting and will serve as the first true construction at the site.

Superintendent of Schools Joanne Benton announced during Wednesday’s School Committee meeting that the Wilmington High School gymnasium will be demolished over February vacation.

Though the high school project is currently being appealed to Superior Court, it was previously ruled that the Activities and Use Limitation (AUL) was not allowed as part of the appeal, leaving the door open for the town to begin work on at least part of the project.

February vacation is slated to begin on Monday, February 20. On February 11, Benton said fencing will be put up in the area.

As a result, an alternate parking plan will be put into place. To date, 90 seniors applied for and received parking stickers. There is also room for about 80 additional student parking spaces, in addition to staff parking. A lottery system will be put into place to issue those remaining passes.

Benton said the decision to demolish the gymnasium as the first phase of construction is due to the anticipated spike in costs that will result from the delays the appeals have caused over the last year-plus.

“Every day we do not do construction, we’re losing more money,” said Benton. “I don’t think we can afford to wait any longer, and the town agrees with me.”

Check back on Thursday for more coverage of the decision, along with other topics from Wednesday’s School Committee meeting.

Wayne Sullivan January 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM
KEVIN YOU ARE STILL NOT ADDRESSING YOUR 2008 DATA!!!! Now that you are called out on it you are in attack mode per usual. If you are going to spread your venom you need to be accurate and you are not! I never said furniture costs the difference and I am in no way implying that. Your numbers are not accurate plain and simple! To get 2012 data or even 2013 data you would need to subscribe to the site you recommend and the lowest subscriptions start in the $600 range and I know you would never pay that. You won't spend a nickle! Your data is outdated and therefore has absolutely NO MERIT BASIS FROM A COST ANALYSIS STANDPOINT! PERIOD, END OF STORY! YOU ALSO FAIL TO MENTION THAT THE STATE IS PAYING ALMOST HALF THE TAB! Another convenient truth being left out!!!! Back to my fantasy land gotta go!
Kevin MacDonald January 11, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Why don't you share the complete list of cost breakdowns with everyone Wayne? Oh I forgot, You never had a list and a complete break down of the total cost. What do you have to offer in terms of protecting the tax payers from being shafted? How are those contracts doing that are not going out for competitive bid on the Central Registry? It sounds like you're protecting your hack crony buddies Wayne !!! http://www.sec.state.ma.us/spr/sprcentral/infocent.htm
BOOKevinMacDonald out January 11, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Gee, check out this link. http://wilmington.patch.com/articles/video-tempers-flare-at-public-forum#video-8111097
Wayne Sullivan January 11, 2013 at 04:42 PM
No protection Kevin and I don't have the costs. I am simply saying your numbers are not accurate. You want to avoid the fact that your information is skewed and flawed and you don't have all the information reflected. Your inability to provide this information doesn't mean it's my responsibility to give it you. I don't work for the town or have any cronies. I just know your 2008 data is not current, plain and simple. Case closed.
Steven McGinley January 16, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Let's hope the judge is on the saintly side of impartial. Being that presumptive might irritate some. Good luck to us all. I've been wondering too, does the delay in the project mean a delay in our taxes going up?

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