Sandwich Still Weighing Options for Wing School Property

The Henry T. Wing School was built in 1927.

The Henry T. Wing School was built in 1927.

SANDWICH – The future of the Henry T. Wing School property in Sandwich remains up in the air.

Last month a walkthrough of the building was held with members of the Boad of Selectmen, Finance Committee, School Committee and architects.

Board of Selectmen Chairman Frank Pannorfi said it had been several years since he last toured the facility.

“My first recollection was ‘oh my goodness this has gotten worse and this reminds me of Tom Hanks and ‘The Money Pit,’’ Pannorfi said. “Every time you opened up something it costs more and more money.”

Selectmen are still reviewing several proposals on what can be done with the facility with cost estimates that range from $4 million to $72 million.

“The bottom line is you can do anything that you want with that building, Pannorfi said. “What makes it prohibitive is the cost. How much tolerance do you have for spending and spending on that particular building?”

Among the proposals are completely tearing down the building to rebuilding everything around the original brick building built in 1927.

The school had multiple additions added since it was originally built.

The school closed to students at the end of the last school year in June.

Currently the facility is being used for administrative offices for the school district.

The building remains in the control of the school department until a decision is made on future plans. At that time the school will be turned over the Board of Selectmen after a town meeting vote.


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