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School district breaks ground on Kingswood renovation

STUDENTS REPRESENTING grades seven through 12, including presidents of the 9-12 classes, wait for the signal to dig in at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Phase 1 of the Governor Wentworth Regional District’s renovation/addition construction project at the athletic fields. GWRSD Superintendent Jack Robertson and School Board Chairman Jim Rines stand at the left. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
December 10, 2009
WOLFEBORO — Dec. 2 was a momentous day for the Governor Wentworth Regional School District (GWRSD) as ground was broken for the renovation and expansion of the Kingswood Complex, comprised of the high school, middle school, and vocational center.

The project not only meets pressing space needs, it promises a new level of energy efficiency and improved access to educational opportunities.

Leaders of Wolfeboro town departments, including Police Chief Stuart Chase, Fire Chief Phil Morrill, Public Works Director Dave Ford, Town Manager David Owen, members of the GWRSD School Board both past and present, and community members gathered to commemorate the beginning of a project several years in the making.

GWRSD Superintendent Jack Robertson thanked the taxpayers from around the district for their support and the school board for "having the courage" to put up the warrant article and then work to sell it in numerous presentations to the public in a variety of forums.

He expressed gratitude, too, to longtime school board member Ernie Brown who he said, "has spent most of his life facilitating the building needs of the district."

Robertson also thanked the Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wolfeboro Citizens and Taxpayers Association for their advocacy, and student representatives Colin MacIver and Victoria Glidden for their participation in the process of communicating the need for renovation and expansion to GWRSD residents.

He also singled out legislator Mark McConkey for arranging a meeting with Governor Lynch to persuade him to put the project back into the state budget.

School Board Chairman Jim Rines said in his remarks that the project completed a circle for him personally. He said that his education in the district began in Ossipee Central Elementary School in first grade and continued through graduation. His children, too, have graduated from Kingswood High School. He expressed pleasure that the project begins a series of improvements for future generations.

Donald Liedke led the Kingswood High School Pep Band as student representatives Grace Maganzini, Delaney Hutchins, Amanda Spiller, Samuel Mason, Amy Thornton and Kaylee Moore, representing grades 7 – 12 respectively, and Jessica Campion from the Region 9 Vocational Center and Katherine Brown, student body president, each grabbed a shovel and broke ground simultaneously to the applause of those in attendance.

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