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Norton High Breaks Ground on $34 Million Project [VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERY]

Norton High School students, teachers, town and state officials celebrate the start of renovations and expansion.

The town took another step towards beginning the $34 million addition and renovation of Friday with the groundbreaking ceremony.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world,” said School Committee chairwoman Beth McManus, quoting Margaret Mead.

“Norton’s thoughtful, committed citizens, by supporting the renovations of Norton High School, has given our teachers the tools that will be needed to successfully educate 21st century learners,” she said. “Many brilliant and immense things have happened in this building. I can only imagine the possibilities awaiting these students once this building is completed.”

Last June, Norton voted to increase taxes for the project, which is scheduled to be finished by Dec. 30, 2013. A science lab will be named after former teacher who recently passed away.

“Today we are making history,” said superintendent Dr. Patricia Ansay. “The town of Norton has come together to invest in a project that will benefit the town’s children for generations to come.”

“On a personal note, later this year I will leave the field of education after a rewarding career of 35 years,” she said. “And I can proudly say that today is a highlight for me.”

In addition to Norton High students and teachers, present at the ceremony were State Representatives Jay Barrows, Steven Howitt and Betty Poirier, State Senator James Timilty and Norton town officials.

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