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Bridgeport Celebrates New Longfellow School With Topping-Off Ceremony

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch at the topping-up ceremony of the new Longfellow School on Thursday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
The signed beam at the site of the new Longfellow School. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
The new Longfellow School is under construction in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- When a new pre-K through Grade 8 building for Longfellow School in Bridgeport is finished, it will put the neighborhood children all under the same roof.

"They will all be back in their neighborhood school, giving them the facility they deserve," Mayor Bill Finch said Thursday before the topping-off ceremony at the under-construction Longfellow School at 139 Ocean Terrace.

Topping off is a builders' tradition to celebrate when the last beam is placed atop a building that is under construction.

Finch said the city hopes to have the school open for the 2016-17 school year.

"We're shooting for September of next year. It's obviously going to be very tight, but that's our goal," he said.

Longfellow School, originally built in 1958, was torn down last June to make room for construction of the new $51 million building. The new 75,680-square-foot school will include a full-size gymnasium, a technology and media center, a cafeteria and an outdoor play area.   Nearly 500 pre-K through 8th grade kids will attend the state-of-the-art school when it is finished. The building will meet LEED Silver classification standards, which means it will reach some of the highest environmental standards in the country.

Longfellow is just one of several ongoing school construction projects in the city, and each city neighborhood will see a renovated or new school built for their children, Finch said.

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