WVN #60: More Facts About 1990s High School Renovations
- Wayland Voters Network
January 10, 2005
Dear Wayland Voter,
On Sunday 1/9/05 the MetroWest Daily News delved further into the
discrepancy reported last week between Wayland officials' advocacy of
demolishing and rebuilding most of the high school and their earlier
predictions that extensive renovations in the early 1990s added at
least 25 years of life to the campus.
"In a review of annual reports from 1990 to 2001, school officials
repeatedly stated a 1993 high school renovation project added decades
to the school's useful life," the Crier edition of the News reported
in a Page One story.
"During that time, High School Building Committee Chairwoman Lea
Anderson and Superintendent Gary Burton both signed annual reports
indicating a 25- to 30-year added life span because of the renovation
In an interview with Crier reporter John Hilliard, Anderson
said, "Maybe when you do a renovation, some things don't last as long
as you expect."
She added, "Picking and choosing quotes does not move us forward...I
am concerned about the appalling lack of respect to the volunteers
who served on these committees."
The newspaper story quotes Burton as writing in a 1997 report: "The
completion of the renovation program left the town with five school
buildings and the Town Building in good operating condition for the
next 20 to 30 years."
Interviewed by the Crier, Burton said that his earlier words were not
meant to be taken literally.
"I think I may be guilty of repeating words from previous years,"
Burton said. "That doesn't mean they shouldn't be accurate...What
changed between 1995 to 2000? We became more familiar with the
buildings (and) with the rising enrollments." (Current high school
enrollment is about 900 and is expected to rise, then fall below 900
early in the next decade.)
In 1989 Wayland voters approved $12.8 million in renovations for all
schools. Renovations at the high school from 1991 to 1993 cost about
The state approved reimbursement of 61 percent and is still
The entire article, "Project backers change stances: Two supporters
of new school had lauded 1993 renovations," can be found at:
The guest column in the 1/6/05 Wayland Town Crier that first brought
these facts to light, "Vote of no confidence for the proposal," can
be found at:
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Margo Melnicove, Chair
Michael Short, Treasurer