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Brand New School will Replace 118-Year-Old Building

May 11, 2016

Brand New School will Replace 118-Year-Old Building

Construction set to begin this summer

Springfield, MA- The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has pledged to fund 80 percent of an approximate $35 million project to replace the 118-year-old Brightwood Elementary School with a new building, and has also approved more than $9 million worth of upgrades to Brunton and Walsh elementary, STEM Academy Middle and Public Day High schools, Mayor Domenic Sarno and Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick announced today.

“The support the MSBA has provided for our City has never waned and once again they have come to the aid of Springfield in a meaningful and significant way,” said Sarno. “Over the past several years, the MSBA has invested more than $300 million in our schools and they have proven to be steadfast partners of The City of Springfield.”

Major recent building authority projects in Springfield include the construction of a new Roger L. Putnam Vocational High School and a new Elias Brookings school, extensive renovations of Forest Park Middle School and Dryden Elementary School and the construction of a new Science Wing at Central High School.

"We look forward to continuing our partnership with the City of Springfield," said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. "Our goal is to build the best schools that foster a state-of-the-art learning environment for the City's students."

The request to the MSBA for a new Brightwood School, which is located at 471 Plainfield Street, was made about two years ago following a vote from the School Committee. Today, Warwick credited the School Committee and the mayor for their aggressive pursuit of the project and the MSBA for prioritizing the district’s need and answering that call.

“This news is nothing short of spectacular,” said Warwick. “I am so grateful to State Treasurer Goldberg and the MSBA for their continuing partnership with us and their strong commitment to education in Springfield. I’m so very happy and excited for the children who will attend the new Brightwood School and for the staff who will report to work there every morning. We are raring to get started. ”

Planning for the extensive construction project will begin in July.

In addition to a brand new school for Brightwood, the MSBA also voted to approve $9.1 million for new windows and doors for Brunton and Walsh elementary schools and the Springfield Public Day High School; as well as roof repairs for STEM Academy.

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