Rockland: Town celebrates grand opening of new high school

About 50 people attended a ribbon cutting ceremony in Rockland over the weekend on Saturday to kick off the official grand opening of Rockland’s beautiful new high school.

Residents beat the 90 degree heat and humidity in the in the comfortable, brand new, air conditioned auditorium.

School Building Committee Chair Dr. John Rogers, who was instrumental in seeing the project to its fruition, credited the residents of Rockland for their support in building a new middle school and high school.

“The citizens of Rockland really stepped up to the plate. They did an operational override, which is very hard to get, but we had to have that so the state knew we were committed to supporting the school. Then they did an override to do the plans, then the override to get the vote to build it. Amazing! All within three years – all those overrides were passed”, Dr. Rogers said.

Dr. Rogers also thanked School Superintendent John Retchless for his efforts in getting the project approved.

Rockland is funding $32 million of the $85 million high school and middle school projects, with the rest being picked up by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.