State OKs new Northeast school building...

Dec 15, 2017 by

Published in the December 15, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Superintendent David DiBarri, Principal Carla Scuzzarella and School Committee Chair Deborah Davis announce that the Massachusetts School Building Authority approved Northeast Metro Tech’s proposal for a new building. With this acceptance, the state will reimburse Northeast for 71.84 percent of costs associated with the new building. The remainder will be paid by the cities and towns in the school district — mortgaged over a 30 year period. Local cost will be divided among communities based on the prior year Oct. 1 enrollment, as agreed to in the district’s charter. A new Northeast building has an estimated price tag of over $200 million. During a Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, MSBA, a state agency that works with communities to support educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable and cost-effective public...

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Warriors to host 18th annual Lisitano Wrestling Tournament tomorrow...

Dec 15, 2017 by

Published in the December 15, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — The 18th annual Anthony Lisitano Memorial Wrestling Tournament will take place tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the Charbonneau Field House. Wakefield Memorial High School will host the tournament once again. They will welcome 15 other schools to the tournament this year: Arlington, Catholic Memorial, Georgetown-Ipswich, Greater Lawrence Tech, Lexington, Lincoln-Sudbury, Lynnfield-North Reading, Marblehead-Swampscott, Malden, Malden Catholic, Methuen, Pentucket, Reading, Saugus and Watertown. Anthony Lisitano ‘88 was the wrestling captain in both 1986-87 and 1987-88. “Anthony was a three sport captain, but when it came to wrestling you’re talking about his passion,” said the Lisitano family, who are the tournament’s major sponsors along with Lisitano Produce, Inc. “He was a monster on the mat at 6’2” – 265 lbs. and a gentleman off of it. He...

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The light fantastic

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Published in the December 14, 2017 edition.

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New high school put off again

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Published in the December 14, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Any hopes for a new Wakefield Memorial High School will have to be pushed another year into the future, as Wakefield again did not make the cut this year in the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s competitive grant program for state assistance in addressing the building deficiencies at Wakefield High School. Wakefield submitted a “Statement of Interest” (SOI) for the High School early in 2017. Submitting an SOI is the first step in the MSBA’s program for school building construction, addition, renovation and repair grants. The SOI allows districts to inform the MSBA about deficiencies that may exist in a local school facility and how those deficiencies inhibit the delivery of the district’s educational program. “We did not make it into the MSBA partnership for 2018,...

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Wakefield volleyball holds postseason banquet...

Dec 14, 2017 by

Warriors improve in 2017, set foundation for future Published in the December 14, 2017 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — The WMHS volleyball team entered the 2017 season with some long-term goals. In the sixth season of the program and the first for head coach Sasha Duprey, the Warriors leaned on their seniors to help the underclassmen gain experience, and worked towards improving and establishing an identity in the competitive Middlesex League. “I thought this season was a really successful one,” said Duprey. “Looking back from the start of the season to where we ended, this team made great strides, not only in their skill, but in their team dynamic and as people, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.” The Warriors finished 6-14 overall and 5-11 in the league, as they swept the...

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