New Brightwood Elementary School to be built

SPRNIGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After 118 years of serving Springifleld’s North End neighborhoods, it’s time for a new Brightwood Elementary School.

A new $35 million school is in the works to replace the original building that was built on Plainfield Street in 1898. 300 students attend the school from as early as Kindergarten through to the fifth grade.

It’s alumnae roster reads like a who’s who of generations of men and women who have lived in this neighborhood. Jose Claudio, a member of the North End Citizens Council, told 22News about his Brightwood School memories. “It was a neighborhood school. I lived at the Riverview apartments and we used to walk there. We had beautiful teachers and after school programs, and it’s so wonderful to learn we’re going to have a new school.”

Construction on the new building is expected to be at least two years away. The Brightwood School and Homer Street School in the Upper Hill neighborhood are Springfield’s oldest public elementary schools.

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