Jeffrey D. Wagner
WESTPORT – The junior / senior high school building in September for the first time in over 70 years will not be active with students.
But school principals ensure that this building is extinguished with a bang and not whining.
The school district will open a new grades 5 to 12 school building on Old County Road in September. Authorities are uncertain about the future of the current high school building on Main Road, which currently educates students in grades 7 to 12.
“We have several fun activities planned to end the year here at WJSHS. These include a social ice cream, a promotional parade and barbecue for the 8th grade, a senior breakfast and the Westport Junior Senior High School graduation ceremony in this building, ”said principal Laura Charette .
The building will be used for all summer school programs in the district. Beyond the summer, there are still discussions about the use of the facilities.
School Superintendent Thomas Aubin said there are many enrichment programs taking place on school grounds this summer for children of all ages.
Just like last year, the high school graduation ceremony will take place on June 12 at 11 a.m. outside behind the school building.
Apart from that, Aubin, Charette and others are planning school life within the new building.
Aubin mentioned that for six years, the neighborhood has not had a college. Students in Grades 3-6 reported to Westport Elementary School and Westport High School became a 7-12 campus. This change came after a 2014 vote in which the school committee voted to close the now demolished Westport Middle School.
The aging school was plagued by PCBs, a carcinogen, and other problems.
“The new middle school is extremely important to the community. After Westport Middle School closed several years ago, the students and staff were disbanded and identity lost. I want to make sure that a new identity is formed, ”said Charette.
“Building a positive school culture takes time and effort from everyone involved, but it’s worth it in the end,” she added.
The absence of college temporarily ended the college athletic programs.
This trend looks set to change soon.
“A strong athletics and activities program will be in place at Westport Middle School,” said Charlotte.
“As a management team, we are planning what these exact opportunities will be. I imagine the grounds, classrooms and tech spaces of the new building are teeming with students, coaches, teachers and community members after school.