New elementary school to keep W.G. Mallett name

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FARMINGTON — A leader in Farmington education for nearly 50 years until his death in 1942 will continue to be honored and remembered by the community when the new elementary school opens its doors next year.

This week, the Mt. Blue Regional School District Board of Directors voted unanimously to retain the W.G. Mallett School name for the new facility being built on Middle Street. The present W.G. Mallett School, built in 1931, is on the Quebec Street side of the property and will be razed to make way for playing fields and a playground.

The recommendation to keep the name was made by a school-naming committee made up of former board member Joyce Morton, attorney and local historian Paul Mills and Mallett School Principal Tracy Williams.

They had sought community feedback but Mills said no viable suggestions were made for a new designation while there was broad support to keep the name the same.

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Mallett was a community leader and educator, and was the school’s first principal. He served on the school board for nine years, and was instrumental in merging a town and a state-run school into one facility that was known as the Training School.

When Mallett died in 1942, the school was renamed in his honor, Mills said.

Mallett’s full name was Wilbert Grant Mallett but he was commonly called “W.G.,” “Bert,” or “Grant,” Mills said.

In other matters Tuesday, the board honored the top 10 Mt. Blue High School graduating seniors, the student of the year at Foster Technology Center and all their parents at a reception. Each student received a certificate from Principal Monique Poulin and a legislative sentiment from Rep. Tom Saviello, I-Wilton.

The top 10, in alphabetical order with the college they will attend and field of study are: Kelton Cullenberg, University of Maine, mechanical engineering; Sarah Deveau, University of Ottawa in Canada, psychology and French; Jared Foster, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, mechanical engineering; Gary Goodrich, Syracuse University, architecture; Amanda Hall, Yale University, math and philosophy; Adam Paul, University of Maine, the Exploration Program; Sean Paul, University of Maine, biology; Sam Prentiss, University of Maine, mechanical engineering; Chelsea Thompson, Bates College, undecided; Kelly Yardley, Bates College, undecided.

Also honored was the Foster Technology Center’s Student of the Year, Alyssa Chretien.

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