PRESS RELEASE: MAYOR HARP, MAYOR O’BRIEN, SUPERINTENDENT HARRIES, SENATOR LOONEY AND ESUMS SENIOR CLASS TO MARK MAJOR MILESTONE IN CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SCHOOL

 
MAYOR HARP, MAYOR O’BRIEN, SUPERINTENDENT HARRIES, SENATOR LOONEY AND ESUMS SENIOR CLASS TO MARK MAJOR MILESTONE IN CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SCHOOL
 
New state-of-the-art facility and innovative partnership with UNH will provide strong foundation for launching ESUMS students into careers of the future
 
City, state and school district officials joined University of New Haven leaders Thursday for the topping off ceremony of the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility for New Haven's Engineering & Science University Magnet School (ESUMS).

The ESUMS community - including Principal Medira Blue-Ellis, the Class of 2016, staff and parents - were on hand to see as the construction of their school is finalized. The Class of 2016 signed their names on the final beam that will complete their new campus directly adjacent to UNH. New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp and New Haven Public Schools Superintendent Garth Harries joined University of New Haven Provost Daniel May, state Senate President Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) and other local, state and school officials to celebrate the topping off of the new school.
 
“ESUMS is a school that empowers students to launch bright futures in the high-tech career fields of tomorrow. With a new state-of-the-art facility and an exciting partnership with the University of New Haven, ESUMS students will be even more prepared to achieve success in college and career and become the next generation of leaders, innovators and problem-solvers. We are very excited to be joined today by so many partners that have worked tirelessly to make the school a reality for our students,” said Superintendent Harries.
 
“The ESUMS collaboration we celebrate today, through which high school students have early access to post-secondary opportunities in engineering and science, will propel graduates toward a college degree in a field where there’s currently great demand,” said Mayor Toni N. Harp. “There’s no question but that Connecticut faces daunting challenges keeping current with aging infrastructure and providing for future needs of state residents, and that’s where this new generation of engineers and scientists will be needed.”
 
ESUMS is a college-preparatory inter-district magnet school in the New Haven Public School system that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. The school serves approximately 570 students in grades 6-12 from New Haven, West Haven and surrounding communities. Through a unique and innovative partnership with UNH, ESUMS students will be exposed to a world-class college campus while in high school and will be able to take advanced courses through the university and receive college credits. In addition, ESUMS students who graduate with a good academic record and get accepted to the university will receive a scholarship to UNH on a sliding scale up to 100 percent of their tuition.
 
“The topping off ceremony is a tremendous milestone, bringing us another step closer to realizing our goal of providing our communities and our children with a unique and dynamic place for exploration and learning,” said President Kaplan of UNH. “ESUMS is a demonstration of the good things that can happen when local communities, the state and universities work together. The University of New Haven is proud to be a partner in this visionary project. We look forward to generations of student success and a bright future built on collaboration and community engagement.”
 
“This cutting-edge magnet school will engage students from Greater New Haven and propel them to a higher level of education or to pursue a career in a host of scientific, technological and engineering fields,” said Mayor Edward O’Brien. “An investment in education is the most powerful tool to enrich your quality of life, and this extraordinary partnership between New Haven Public Schools and UNH is a testament to their shared commitment to reinvesting in our young people and providing them with the very best in academic resources.”
 
ESUMS will be the 41st school built or rehabilitated since New Haven launched its landmark $1.7 billion school construction program in 1995. The $85 million school will be 122,000 square feet and five stories high and will include state-of-the-art science, engineering and robotics laboratories. The student enrollment at ESUMS will be 65% New Haven, 20% West Haven, and 15% surrounding communities. When fully enrolled, the school will serve 616 students.
 
The architecture firm that designed the school is Svigals + Partners. The construction manager is Fusco Corporation and Gilbane Building Company is the manager of the School Construction Program. The expected completion date is January 2017.
 
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