Why we need a new Wellington Elementary: the video

There are lots and lots of great reasons to rebuild Wellington Elementary: it replaces a failing and costly building, does right by our children, helps maintain Belmont’s image as a town that supports its public schools and frees up classroom capacity for future growth. But don’t let me tell you — check out the great new video produced by Together for Wellington, the grassroots group that’s trying to raise awareness about the project.

The video, Why We Need a New Wellington, was released on March 4 and does a great job explaining the details of the project, anticipating questions/criticisim and generally making the case for passing a debt exclusion to build the new school.If you have trouble viewing it above, the video can be viewed by visiting the Together For Wellington Web site (and make a donation while you’re there). You can also view it on YouTube.

  • Rita Butzer Carpenter

    More importantly… sign up on the list of supporters for the New Wellington. Send an email to yes@togetherforwellington.org with your name and address.

  • wayne g.

    Probert:

    Please display the results of the independent non-biased assessment and audit of the Wellington school’s structure, mechanics, electrical, heating, cooling, etc that must be the basis for any argument for or against the need for a new Wellington school.

    Perhaps, if an independent audit is lacking, the school committee and parents should put in place such an audit.

    Kind regards,

    Waingro or Wayne Grow

  • pjlooney

    The Wellington DE is going to pass. Embrace it. Refurbishing is expensive and doesn't address the growing enrollment issues in Town. We might even get a relatively good deal on the cost if the Construction Market stays weak. If I felt there was excess or deception I would call it out but based on the new stringent reviews by Tim Cahill one can feel confident that this plan is fiscally sound and not another Newton.

    PJ

  • Kimberly becker

    I agree with PJ on this one-when I first moved back to Belmont 3 yrs. ago, after atending Wellington as a kid, I went to the buildings inspector to ask “why new? why not refurbish? The world is trying to be greener- so why not work with what we have?” The answer made it immediately clear that the building is not even close to code- once you begin to change the amount of the building that would have to be fixed, then you have to replace the I beams, and other structural components that make it incredibly cost effective to start from scratch.
    And for the sake of learning, which is why we have the school, it will greatly enhance learning and be a much smaller footprint and more energy efficient in it's new layout.
    At this point, it seems like we are shooting ourselves in the foot to not approve the debt exclusion. I was there when the boiler went last year- I had a headache from the kerosene smell- the building is close to being useless- let's take the money the state is offering and do this right.

  • Kimberly becker

    I agree with PJ on this one-when I first moved back to Belmont 3 yrs. ago, after atending Wellington as a kid, I went to the buildings inspector to ask “why new? why not refurbish? The world is trying to be greener- so why not work with what we have?” The answer made it immediately clear that the building is not even close to code- once you begin to change the amount of the building that would have to be fixed, then you have to replace the I beams, and other structural components that make it incredibly cost effective to start from scratch.
    And for the sake of learning, which is why we have the school, it will greatly enhance learning and be a much smaller footprint and more energy efficient in it's new layout.
    At this point, it seems like we are shooting ourselves in the foot to not approve the debt exclusion. I was there when the boiler went last year- I had a headache from the kerosene smell- the building is close to being useless- let's take the money the state is offering and do this right.