New Bedford breaks ground for new school

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Officials in New Bedford broke ground Tuesday on a new elementary school in the city’s south end.

Under a plan proposed by Mayor Jon Mitchell, the Taylor School will be replaced by moving it into an expanded Sea Lab Marine Science building

The Massachusetts School Building Authority is covering 90% of the eligible costs of the $12.5 million construction project.

“We need modern elementary school facilities in the South End—our kids deserve them. I am pleased that with the support of the MSBA and the City Council, we are able to deliver modern educational facilities for our students and teachers while maximizing the use of state funds and minimizing our local share of the projects,” Mayor Mitchell said.

The Whaling City currently operates some of the oldest school building in the state. The existing Taylor School is 117 years old. The renovation will add about 26,000 square feet to the existing Sea Lab facility. The building will house students from grades K-5.

“The new Taylor School will be a modern school dedicated to fostering excellent teaching and learning for every student,” said Superintendent Pia Durkin.

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