UXBRIDGE â€” The start of a new school year always has its problems. Throw a brand new $43 million school building into the mix, and it becomes even more challenging.
In the case of the newly constructed Uxbridge High School, which opened for the first day of school three weeks ago, it couldn't have gone smoother.
The new state-of-the-art school at 300 Quaker Highway opened two years after Town Meeting voters approved a Proposition 2-1/2 override debt exclusion to pay for the $43 million facility. The state School Building Authority has agreed to reimburse the town up to 56 percent of the cost, essentially giving the town a $43 million school for about $23 million.
"The grand opening of our new high school and the reconfiguration of grade levels at the Taft Early Learning Center, Whitin Elementary School and McCloskey Middle School was extremely successful," said School Superintendent Kevin M. Carney. "On behalf of the School Committee, staff, and administration, I want to thank the community for its patience and support to make these logistic changes to improve student achievement throughout the district."
The student enrollment at the high school as of Sept. 21 was 225 students.
"September has been a busy and productive month at Uxbridge High School," said Principal Tara Bennett. "On the first day of school students filled the hallways of the new school with anticipation, anxiety and lots of smiles. iPads were all over the place, and the high school student mentors did a great job of guiding our new students to their classes, even though they are still learning the lay of the school."
Bennett said the day started with a grand celebratory entrance by all students through the main doorway and into the gymnasium. Staff members also lined the hallways to meet and greet the students.
Homecoming Week was September 17â€“ 22. Students and faculty enjoyed a weekâ€™s worth of activities and Spartan Spirit. Theme days included Neon Day, Country/Western Day, Pirate/Sailor Day, Spirit Day, and Twin Day.
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