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New Newton North High School Officially Opens

New Newton North High School Officially Opens

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New Newton North High School officially opens
Wicked Local staff photo by Keith E. Jacobson
Newton North High School was officially dedicated on Tuesday, August 31.Cutting the ceremonial ribbon (L to R) Jennifer Price, principal, Mayor SettiWarren, Class of '88, David Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools, and MollyDoris-Pierce, Senior Class president.
By Laura Paine, Staff Writer
 Wicked Local Newton Posted Aug 31, 2010 @ 01:42 PMLast update Aug 31, 2010 @ 05:37 PM Newton ² After 10 years of planning, fierce debate and nearly $200 million in costs, city officials cut theceremonial ribbon to the new Newton North High School on Tuesday, and then allowedmembers of Class of 2011 to be the first to enter the sprawling new facility.³Today, ladies and gentlemen, we officially open the new Newton North High School,´ Mayor Setti Warren said, while acknowledging the path to completing a project ³bitterly divided´ thecity and ³made us the poster-child for skyrocketing costs and excess.´Warren then pledged to ³get the most out of this incredible, wonderful building that we are sofortunate to have´ and ³to make sure we take advantage of everything this building has to offer.´Past and present aldermen and School Committee members, Massachusetts State Auditor JosephDeNucci, former Mayor David Cohen, state Sen. Cynthia Creem, as well as the North facultyand students, were among those attending the short ceremony. After the ribbon was cut, theywere able to roam the halls of the new building, getting a glimpse of resources such as the filmlecture hall, simulated outdoor area, indoor track, greenhouse, electronic music lab and newswimming pool, which Principal Jennifer Price said, ³contrary to the Boston Globe, the pool isnot Olympic size.´
Cohen, who oversaw the project for nine years, did not speak during the ceremony but receivedthe longest round of applause of the day when introduced by Warren.Cohen said later that he was ³absolutely delighted´ that the building is a reality, despite what heconsidered the ³adverse political consequences´ he faced as a result of going after what he believed in.He was referring to the years of heated public debate over the project, which was originallyconceived, one decade ago, as part of a $39 million renovation project, but eventually morphedinto a frequently ridiculed new construction project with a $197.5 million price tag.³It¶s very gratifying,´ Cohen said. ³There is a reason why Newton is a leader among thecommunity, and it is because of its commitment to quality education. This building shows it iscost effective, it is going to do a great job in educating our kids and it¶s going to increase property values. It is going to be an asset to the city of Newton. I am delighted and proud that the building has been build, and I am here to join in the celebration.´Price, along with Rabbi Eric Gurvis, president of the Newton Clergy Association, opened theceremony by taking a moment to remember faculty and students lost over the past year. She alsothanked the many members of the community, including residents, the Board of Aldermen andother city officials who ³worked for, hoped for and thought [this day] might never come.´³To my fellow citizens of Newton, you have collectively made a decision to invest in the futureof our community and our nation¶s most valuable resource: our children,´ Price said. ³We stand poised to provide Newton children with one of the best educational experiences in our country.We at Newton North understand that we have been given such an amazing resource. Please knowthat we take the responsibility of making what happens inside these classrooms as impressive asthe classrooms themselves.´ Newly appointed Superintendent of Schools David Fleishman expressed his gratitude to thosewho gave their ³blood, sweat and tears´ to make the project possible. He recalled his high schoolyears in a new building and told of how that facility allowed those who used it to pursue their  passions.³I hope that¶s what this school does as well,´ Fleishman said. ³Both passions of students and passions of the wonderful faculty, because this facility, coupled with a dynamic principal, adedicated and skilled faculty and a motivated student body has all the ingredients for success.´Fleishman further said that one of his goals, as superintendent, is to build a ³strong relationshipwith the community,´ as he announced the new high school is open to residents as well asstudents. Warren acknowledged that the great fortune of the community to be able to offer their children a ³world class education´ during a time of ³deep national crisis,´ and made sure toremind onlookers the building is a mere tool to that end.³It has the capability to prepare our children to be leaders in the world economy, just as many of our residents are today,´ Warren said. ³I want to remind everyone that this beautiful structure is

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