New Phys Ed Center to Open in June

Gwen McNulty, Lion's Roar Staff

As the sun glinted off the glittering pom-poms of the LHS Cheerleaders, and a student jazz trio, with music teacher David Enos, elevated the feeling euphoria of the evening, state and town officials including Governor Daniel McKee, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, and Town Administrator Philip Gould joined school officials strains of jazz floated through the air On the evening of September 8 at Lincoln High School, a groundbreaking officiated at a groundbreaking ceremony in celebration of the new Physical Education Center.

Since its proposal in 2017, many have been eagerly awaiting the new building, including some of our own administrators. “We see this as a great opportunity for our kids,” Robert Mezzanotte, Principal of Lincoln High School, stated. “Both now and in the future.”

It will be free to use by the town and its many sports teams, where a lot of them will be accommodated with an indoor track, batting cages, and tennis courts to name a few. 

“This is an exciting time for the town of Lincoln,” Town Administrator, Philip Gould, stated, “not just for the school department but for the community as well. It’s going to be a wonderful facility that our elders, our seniors, and our youths are going to be able to use.”

Despite the intensity of this project–both in timing and in physical labor–the student body will barely be impacted, but even that seems to be an overstatement based off of the responses that have been received. 

Though $8.3 million will be poured into the project, the tax-rate will not be affected, the money being taken from town bonds. Along with the state reimbursement, Lincoln’s cost will be reduced to about $4.5 million, a sum covered by the bonds covering the overall reconstruction of Lincoln High School.

Officials have stated that the center should be complete by the end of June, 2023.