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3/21/2015 - Mayor Finch, Hundreds Gather to Celebrate the Opening of Black Rock Elementary School

“Whether it’s pre-k – or high school – we need to ensure Bridgeport kids are learning in the right environment. On my watch, we’ve launched the largest school construction effort in our city’s history. We’re renovating existing – and creating new – schools. Once complete, our school construction program will have created more than 3,000 jobs in Bridgeport.” – Mayor Bill Finch

Bridgeport, Conn. (May 21, 2015) – Today, Mayor Bill Finch joined state and city officials, community leaders, and parents for the grand opening at Bridgeport’s Black Rock Elementary School at the newly renovated facility.

The Black Rock School renovation started in January 2014. The school has been renovated to include a dedicated bus drop-off, new pre-k and 1st grade classrooms, and administrative offices.

The renovation also includes a new multipurpose room and outdoor play area. Overall, the Black Rock School renovation is part of a more than $700 million investment in school construction launched by Mayor Bill Finch since being elected into office in 2007. During the lifetime of the school construction program, more than 3,000 jobs will be created. Over 200 jobs alone were created at Black Rock Elementary School during the construction phase.

“Whether it’s pre-k – or high school – we need to ensure Bridgeport kids are learning in the right environment. On my watch, we’ve launched the largest school construction effort in our city’s history. We’re renovating existing – and creating new – schools. Once complete, our school construction program will have created more than 3,000 jobs in Bridgeport. And, more than half of our public school kids will attend a new or newly renovated school, ensuring more and more kids are learning in the right environment,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch.

Along with hundreds of parents and students, attendees of Saturday’s event also included Superintendent of Schools Francis Rabinowitz, Superior Court and former State Rep. Auden Grogins, State Rep. Steve Stafstrom, City Council President Tom McCarthy, City Council members Susan Brannelly and Enrique Torres, Board of Education Chairman David Hennessy, Board of Education member Joe Larcheveque, Black Rock School Principal Karen Helyer, and Black Rock School Parent Advisory Council (PAC) President Mandi Jennings.

For more information on Mayor Finch’s school construction program, click here: http://bridgeportschoolconstruction.com/.