East Bridgewater held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Wednesday evening to thank and honor every individual who played a role in the completion of the new Junior/Senior High School.
School Committee Chair George McCabe felt the ceremony went very well, despite the last-minute location change. “We had a leak in the auditorium so we decided to move it to the gym,” he said, “The good thing is we discovered what the problem was.” McCabe said there was a flaw in the roofing that was fixed yesterday soon after it was found.
Superintendant of Schools John Moretti hosted the event. He spoke briefly about the new school. “It represents a focus that everybody can be proud of,” he said, “Every community needs to rally around something or somebody, and in the short time I’ve been here I’ve sensed that people have rallied around this building.”
Seven different dedications were made at the ceremony in honor of past and present individuals who have truly had an impact on the town’s education.
Three area dedications were made: The Judith R. Riordan Performing Arts Center, The Anne Kenneally Hynes Library, and the George McCabe Jr. Track.
McCabe, current Chair of the School Committee, spoke briefly about what this day meant to him.
“This whole day is a very important combination of many years of work,” he said, “It just makes me so happy that our kids now have this world class facility for their education.”
Riordan, former teacher, principal, and superintendant of schools, also gave a brief acceptance speech.
“This is an incredible honor for me and it has almost made me speechless,” she said,”When I received this news from George McCabe, I literally cried. It is truly something I never anticipated, and I will cherish the memories of this evening forever.”
Four corridor dedications were also made, in honor of Stanley B. Goldman, Gordon W. Mitchell, Michael J. McCarthy, and Joseph F. Morey.
Each dedication includes a plaque with a brief biography of the individual. School Committee member Elizabeth Hayes said the plaques are not up yet, but will be soon. She explained that the Committee really wanted people to know who these individuals are and what they did for the town and the schools.
Moretti invited McCabe, School Principal Paul Vieira, School Building Committee Chair David Floeck, and Susan Cote to cut the ribbon at the end of the ceremony. Everyone present was encouraged to gather around the ribbon for the important and memorable event for the town.