WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Back to School The WHS drama room is designed to accommodate small theatrical performances. ciation as well: "I have extreme gratitude to the Town of Wellesley for supporting excellence in education and creating a quality learning environment that the whole community benefits from. " Back on October 20, 2008, as the stock market cratered, Wellesley Town Meeting members bravely showed their support for a new high school, and on December 9 in a town-wide vote, Wellesley residents also demonstrated the courage to fund a new high school amidst eco- nomic uncertainty. Interestingly enough, this commitment to quality education echoes the support the town showed in 1938, building a new high school during the Great Depression. At $865,000 it was the biggest capital project Wellesley had ever undertaken. At an estimated $130 million, the new high school project was once more the biggest capital project for the town. Wellesley's commitment to persevere despite a poor economy had a silver lining yet again. With a dearth of construction projects, quality contractors were eager to work for very competitive prices. Bottom line, the school was completed six months ahead of schedule and about $15 million under budget. The new 280,000-square-foot school building includes features critical to a 21st century education such as wireless communication October 2008 marked the slide into economic uncertainty and the decision to build a new high school in Wellesley. DJIA DAILEY October 20, 2008 Wellesely Town Meeting Dow closes at 9,265.43 December 9, 2008 Wellesley Town-Wide Vote Dow closes at 8,691.33 12,000 11,500 11,000 10,500 10,000 9.500 9,000 8,500 8,000 7,500 SOURCE:©BIGCHARTS.COM OCT NOV DEC 70 WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012

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