BRIDGEPORT, CT (September 18, 2013) – Mayor Bill Finch and Superintendent Paul G. Vallas will join the Black Rock School community in celebrating the groundbreaking for the new 18,000 square-foot addition on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m.
“My administration has worked very aggressively to improve our school facilities, either through the building of new schools or significantly upgrading existing buildings. The students of Bridgeport deserve a learning environment that gives them an opportunity to grow, learn and compete in the 21st century economy. The addition to the school gives the children of Black Rock a state-of-the-art building and allows the Black Rock School community the same K-8 environment that other schools in the City have, which I know is very important to the parents and students,” said Mayor Finch.
The 18,000 square-foot addition includes 10 new classrooms, a multipurpose room that can serve as a gymnasium and assembly space, elevator access to all floors to make it ADA compliant, two new playground structures and a new entrance area on School Street. The addition was designed by Newman Associates of New Haven and Bismark Construction is the construction manager. The addition will cost $8.8 million, with the state paying 80 percent.
“I am thrilled that our persistence has brought this project to fruition. The parents at Black Rock School worked tirelessly with the city to be certain this project maintained its place as a top priority,” said 130th District City Council representative Susan Brannelly. “Our goal is to keep young families in our city with high quality schools to educate their children. This project will help us all considerably to reach that goal.”
“This addition will make Black Rock School a top-notch neighborhood school facility, providing students with a cohesive learning environment until they are ready to move on to high school and further increasing the desirability of the neighborhood,” said 130th district City Council representative Steven Stafstrom Jr. “Susan and I want to thank the Mayor and our Council colleagues for their support in keeping this project on track, and State Rep. Auden Grogins for her support in ensuring the receipt of state funding for the project.”
“I was pleased to receive the news last night that construction will begin next month," Rep. Grogins said. “Bridgeport students deserve this long-awaited addition and improvements to Black Rock School which will enhance the educational environment for teachers and students alike. I would like to thank Mayor Finch and our City Council members, Susan Brannelly and Steven Stafstrom, for their help and support on this.”