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8/13/2015 - TODAY: Mayor Finch to Tour Construction on Upgrades at Dunbar Elementary School (11:00 a.m.)

“We know that our school construction effort, the largest in Bridgeport’s history, will provide all our kids with the healthy learning environment they deserve. The upgrades at Dunbar are just another example of the smart investments we’re making in our families and our future generations.”– Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

  • WHO: Mayor Finch, school officials, City Council members, community leaders
  • WHAT: Tour of construction on upgrades at Dunbar Elementary School
  • WHERE: 445 Union Avenue, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • WHEN: Thursday, August 13 at 11:00 a.m.

Bridgeport, Conn. (August 13, 2015) – On Thursday, Mayor Finch will tour the construction of upgrades at Dunbar Elementary School.

Approximately 357 students from pre-K to 8th grade attend Dunbar School. Renovations are expected to be complete by March 2016 and will include, roof replacement, ADA upgrades, boiler replacement, and renovation of the school’s media center, including new furniture.

“The success of our kids is a priority here in the Park City,” said Mayor Finch. “We know that our school construction effort, the largest in Bridgeport’s history, will provide all our kids with the healthy learning environment they deserve. The upgrades at Dunbar are just another example of the smart investments we’re making in our families and our future generations.”

The budget for the repairs and renovations to Dunbar School is nearly $9 million. These improvements are part of an overall $725 million investment in Bridgeport’s school construction program, which will create over 3,000 jobs.

Dunbar Elementary School is just one of several ongoing school construction projects in the city—each city neighborhood will see a renovated or new school built for their kids.

Last week, Mayor Finch and Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz celebrated the topping off of Longfellow Elementary School. The new 75,680-square-foot Longfellow School will include a full size gymnasium, a technology and media center, a cafeteria and an outdoor play area.

Close to 500 pre-K through 8th grade kids will attend the state-of-the-art school.

The building will meet LEED SILVER classification standards, which means it will reach some of the highest environmental standards in the country.