New Wilmington High school opens

Wilmington students in grades 9 to 12 returned from their February break to a new high school. An official grand opening ceremony was held last Tuesday as students entered the new Wilmington High School for the first time. The new building, an $82,688,115 project that was under construction for about two years, replaced a school that was built in 1950 and renovated several times. The new high school features modern science labs, collaborative learning spaces, and a turf field. “We have a debt of gratitude to the community for supporting this project,” said Superintendent Mary C. DeLai, noting that many of the town residents who rallied behind it “had no children in the public schools but recognized that education is very important to this community.” Under the funding plan for the school, the Massachusetts School Building Authority is expected to pay about $38 million of the costs. The town is responsible for the remainder, which will be covered by a debt exclusion, a temporary increase in property taxes for the years it takes to pay off the loan.

Brenda J. Buote can be reached at brenda.buote@gmail.com.