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Fairfield Woods Breaks Ground on Expansion

The $24 million expansion of Fairfield Woods Middle School is officially on its way. Though work had already begun, students and town leaders gathered Friday morning to officially break ground on the project.

Under the redistricting plan approved in the fall by the Board of Education, Fairfield Woods will receive 250 more students in 2011-2012. The expansion will add 13 new classrooms, plus two or three rooms repurposed from existing space. The cafeteria will also be made larger.

Building committee chair Bill Sapone said those phases of the project should be ready when school opens in September. “We’re on time, and we’re on budget,” he said.

Once the new classrooms are finished, work will begin on a new gymnasium and auditorium. Work on that phase will continue through the fall and is set to finish by January or February 2012.

First Selectman Kenneth Flatto was on hand Friday for what will be his final groundbreaking as Fairfield’s leader. He said that he expects this to be the last major school expansion in Fairfield for a long time. Though the Board of Education has said it needs to find extra space in elementary schools over the next few years to deal with rising enrollments, Flatto said Friday he doesn’t expect any projects on as large a scale as this expansion.

“I think this is a turning point,” Flatto said. “Now, for the next 10 years or so, we can just focus on keeping our schools current.”

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