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Wilson High students, faculty see benefits from school remodel

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

For some time, Wilson High School students spent the year learning their lessons in the old bank just down the road from their High School was, including last year.

This year, they were welcomed back to the building, albeit with no auditorium, bigger classes and a fresh inside look.

Superintendent JP Portillo said the faculty and students were happy to return. “It’s a beautiful building – well deserved for the students staff and community. Everybody is excited to have it,” he said.

The remodel not only served an aesthetic purpose.

 Samantha Zaragoza, secondary secretary at WHS, said the process started because of some non-visible reason. “The plumbing was becoming non-functional and the building was old and in need of repairs for some time,” she said, adding a bond was passed to fund the remodeling.

The bond was passed in 2019, and construction began in 2020. 

Then, COVID came into play. “There were many delays due to construction being in the middle of a Covid-19 global crisis. Even as the country exited lockdown there were major supply chain issues that held this construction up big time,” said Zaragoza.

“Work was finally completed September of 2023. Just in time to welcome students in. Sadly, yes the 2023 Seniors did not get to enjoy this beautiful new building.”

In the remodeling process, several major changes were done to help expand the building’s use.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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