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Groundbreaking Ceremony for DeBerry–Homer

Groundbreaking Ceremony for DeBerry–Homer
Posted on 09/29/2021
The City of Springfield and Springfield Public Schools hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new DeBerry-Homer campus.

Scheduled to be completed and open by August 2023, the new three-story 155,000 square feet, $95 million state-of-the-art DeBerry-Homer School will serve approximately 800 students with an additional 120 Pre-K students. Much like the Brightwood-Lincoln School, the new consolidated DeBerry-Homer campus will have separate entrances for each school. Both DeBerry and Homer will retain their own identities but would share some common areas in the building such as a gymnasium, library, and cafeteria-auditorium. The conceptual design also includes outdoor play. 

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick, State Representative Bud Williams, Director of the Department of Capital Asset Construction Peter Garvey, School Committeewoman Barbara Gresham, and School Building Commission Chair Norman Roldan joined with Massachusetts School Building Authority Executive Director Jack McCarthy, and members School Building Commission for a groundbreaking ceremony today. School Committee Vice-Chair Chris Collins and School Committeewoman LaTonia Monroe Naylor, Assistant Superintendent Lydia Martinez, CAFO TJ Plante, and members representing the neighborhood were in attendance.  

The new building is being built on the site of the existing DeBerry School property on Union Street and DeBerry Park. The current DeBerry building will remain in use during construction and eventually would be demolished to make way for a new parking lot by August 2024.
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