FITCHBURG — Excitement was in the air on the morning of Tuesday, May 9, at Crocker Elementary School as the ground was officially broken for the new school at 200 Bigelow Road.
Mayor Stephen DiNatale, Elizabeth Walsh — representing state Sen. John Cronin — City Council President Anthony Zarella and Council Vice President Andy Van Hazinga, state Rep. Michael Kushmerek, Fitchburg Public Schools Superintendent Robert Jokela and Crocker Elementary Principal Casey Beaulac all said a few words during the ceremony.
“This school is for (the students),” Jokela said. “I hope in some number of years for our students that one of you has the opportunity to make an impact on the city that you grew up in. It’s important. You are the future of Fitchburg. In a couple of years, we are going to have a state-of-the-art facility that will meet your educational needs and just blend right into the beauty here out on Bigelow Road.
“This project is for you, our teachers and the community.”
Nothing says fun like second graders, shovels, and a big pile of dirt to highlight the official groundbreaking. Beaulac noted that those second graders will be fifth graders when the new school is slated to open.