WILMINGTON, MA – The Wilmington School Committee recently voted to send a letter to the Wilmington Board of Selectmen recommending that the Selectmen place an article on the Annual Town Meeting warrant to name the Wilmington High School Auditorium after late Superintendent Joanne Benton.
“There’s been a lot of discussion over the last 12 months about naming the auditorium… after Joanne Benton,” said School Committee Chair Steve Bjork. ” Joanne was so instrumental in making [the auditorium] look like it does today, including the orchestra pit, which wouldn’t exist if not for her advocacy.”
“Superintendent Benton argued to the Massachusetts School Building Authority that Wilmington needed a larger auditorium that their formula would afford given the number of Wilmington students involved band and strings,” recalled Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero. “It was a very compelling argument and Wilmington would up with a bigger auditorium.”
“She dedicated so much of her life to this community,” added Bjork. “I would love to see a lasting tribute to her memory.”
Bjork’s colleagues agreed, unanimously voting to draft a letter to the Selectmen, asking them to place the facility’s naming on an article to be voted on by the townspeople at Annual Town Meeting on May 5.
Selectmen typically finalize the Town Meeting Warrant in early-to-mid March.
Bjork also noted he was hoping the School Committee will soon make a naming recommendation regarding the High School’s Band Room.
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