SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A historic day for Springfield’s North End Community. The opening of the $82 million Brightwood Lincoln Elementary School which will replace two neighborhood schools built well over 100 years ago.
Hundreds of North End residents, the parents of children who will starting attending the education center next week, cheered at Tuesday’s dedication, hailed as a major event in the life of the North End community. Leaders compared this school with the two they had attended growing up.
“This is incredible, we’ve been working hard for the past three years, the old school’s never had a cafeteria and this has a library,” said Jose Claudio, CEO of the New North Neighborhood Council.
Parents can’t wait until the start of school next Monday to have their children experience this state of the art facility in their own backyard.
“My children will be delighted with this school. I think the most important thing was the community investment,” said Maria Perez of the Springfield School Committee.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno attended Tuesday’s ribbon cutting event. He told 22News, “Anytime you’re able to build a new school brings hope, respect and promise to a neighborhood and part of my administration, to build over $770 million of new schools and rehabbed schools.”
Springfield State Representative Carlos Gonzalez brought cheers from the hundreds of parents when he described the opening of the new Brightwood Lincoln Elementary School as, “This is the Martin Luther King I have a dream speech-come true.”