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Shrewsbury Dedicates New Middle School

Community Celebrates Sherwood Middle School

On April 5, 2013, state and local officials joined students, teachers, government representatives and the Shrewsbury, Massachusetts community to dedicate the new Sherwood Middle School designed by Lamoureux Pagano Associates to provide a comprehensive educational environment for fifth and sixth grade students, as well as space for student and community events.

“This incredible space is the place for many dreams to be realized,” said Principal Jane Lizotte in opening the dedication ceremony. Luke DeFlumeri, the fifth grade winner of an essay contest, recalled taking his first steps into the new school. “It was so futuristic, so advanced,” he said. Paulina Hruskoci, the sixth grade contest winner, compared her entrance to Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. “It was one small step through the front door,” she said, “but a huge leap for the Shrewsbury Public Schools,” and called the school “a stupendous place for learning.”

Jack McCarthy, Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), said, “This is a great project because the professionals and the town did such a wonderful job of working together…to produce such unbelievable results.”

Dr. Joseph Sawyer, Superintendent of Schools, said that “This has been a high quality project from start to finish.”

State Treasurer Steve Grossman noted that the design of the building reflects the importance of the arts as well as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“At every level, this project is a model for the state,” said Representative Matthew Beaton who with state senator Michael Moore presented the school with a special citation. The program closed with a musical presentation about the school’s core values, a dedication by students, a thank you from Principal Jane Lizotte, and guided tours by students who impressed guests with their knowledge about key features of their new building.

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