Officials Break Ground For New Roosevelt School

Roosevelt School groundbreaking
Mayor Finch, center, with Superintendent Paul Vallas and Roosevelt School principal Tanya Kelly (sixth from right) celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Roosevelt School with Bridgeport Board of Education members, City Council representatives and students from Roosevelt. City Council President Tom McCarthy is at left.

From Mayor Bill Finch:

Mayor Finch, Superintendent of Schools Paul G. Vallas, Bridgeport Board of Education members and parents, students and teachers from Roosevelt School celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Roosevelt School today.

The new 82,000 square foot, two-story school will include a new cafeteria, gymnasium, playgrounds and a multi-use, synthetic turf playing field that will enhance the surrounding community. The school was designed by Antinozzi Associates of Bridgeport and Fusco Corp., will provide construction management services. The school is slated to cost $32 million, with the state paying 80 percent.

“Since taking office, we have embarked upon an ambitious school building plan to ensure that our children have the best facilities possible to learn and grow in a top-notch environment,” said Mayor Finch. “The new Roosevelt School will be a modern campus that will provide our students with the very best technology, facilities and a brand-new playing field. This school will be a tremendous asset for the students and to the South End community.”

“Every Bridgeport student deserves a top-flight modern school building equipped with resources that will help them succeed–and we’re making sure more get them,” said Superintendent Paul Vallas. “Today’s groundbreaking is a promise to the families in the South End that students will receive a true 21st-century education.”

More than a 150 Roosevelt School students attended the groundbreaking ceremony–the Roosevelt School band performed the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful” and the school chorus performed the song, “Bridgeport Reach.”



  1. *** Never fails, when a photo shoot opportunity is present there’s always the usual “few” regardless of what they may or may not have to do with the project, who are always ready to say “cheese!” This project however, is worth many shoots for a new longtime-coming South End Elementary School for the 131st district. *** GOOD NEWS! ***


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