WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Music Room will soon be named after Ms. Barbara Mette, long-time Wilmington band teacher and director who is retiring at the end of this school year after 46 years of service to the town.
The idea came from resident Jeff Cranford, who sent a request to the School Committee last month.
“I am sure that I don’t need to list, for this committee, the accomplishments, the dedication, and the gifts brought to the Wilmington Public Schools by Ms. Barbara Mette. Anyone who has worked with her, or had their kids impacted by her work, knows how incredibly she has served us,” wrote Cranford in his letter. “As a small gesture, I’d like to ask the School Committee that they request the [Board of Selectmen] to place an article on the warrant of the next Town Meeting… to name and dedicate the Music Room in Wilmington High School in Ms. Mette’s honor.”
Cranford even offered to lead a fundraising effort to purchase a plaque or nameplate so that the town or school district will not bear any costs. The design would be approved by school officials.
The School Committee unanimously agreed with Cranford’s request and approved the placement of an article on the warrant of the next Town Meeting to name and dedicate the Music Room at Wilmington High School in Ms. Barbara Mette’s honor.
“I can’t agree enough with this motion,” said School Committee member Jay Samaha. “Both my kids played in the band. My son is currently a subfreshmen. What she does with these kids is amazing. She’s an amazing educator and I fully support this.”
“The way she is revered among parents — this is a most suitable request which I wholeheartedly support,” added School Committee member MJ Byrnes.
“Ms. Mette is one of the few teachers who is still with the system from back when I was in school,” noted School Committee Vice Chair Steve Bjork. “I’m fully in support of this to honor her many, many years of service.”
Cranford, who was at the School Committee meeting, was happy to hear the School Committee was receptive to his idea.
“I am happy to hear that people are supportive of it. If it was up to me, I’d name the whole school after her,” he said.
The 2020 Town Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10:30am.