First New Lockers In 48 Years Arrive at the Regional

The regional high school and middle school installed 880 lockers over the summer; wastewater treatment facility also upgraded.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct age of the old locker - 48 years old and not 30.

The original lockers at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School were replaced with brand new ones this summer.

It's not the first time the school district has attempted to replace the 48 year old lockers, which were in a state of disrepair and had been in the school since it was built in 1962. The installation cost $99,460, according to Assistant Superintendent Peter Gray.

A plan to replace the lockers when the middle school was constructed on the high school site in 1999 had to be scrapped when the district ran out of money, Gray said.

Matt Fox, the principal at both the middle and high school, said the original removal of the lockers, which had to be reinstalled, caused more damage.

Each of the lockers is 15-inches wide, offering more room for students' books and other belongings. The old lockers were about half as wide, Fox said on Wednesday.

The lockers are stacked with one top-level and one lower-level locker.

"It has really changed the face of our schools," Fox told the School Committee last week.

Sophomore Marissa Hershberg, 15, of Hamilton, has one of the lockers on the bottom row, which means she has to crouch down on the floor to get into her locker.

"I like them a lot," Hershberg said. "But it kind of stinks to be on the bottom."

A new wastewater treatment plant was also completed at the school at a cost of $554,000.

Gray said the state Department of Environmental Protection told the school district to address excessive levels of nitrates in the system.

The DEP has signed off on the newly installed system, Gray told the School Committee last week. The system needs some follow-up test and DEP officials plan to return one more time for a "walk-through" and inspection to make sure two new pumps are working OK.

After that, the district will be seeking bids for a company to monitor the system, Gray said.


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