Chicago mayor breaks ground at new school

July 18, 2009 3:26:29 PM PDT
A groundbreaking took place Saturday for one of 10 Chicago public schools that will open over the next couple of years.Mayor Daley joined other officials at the site of Brighton Park School on the Southwest Side. The three-story, high-tech, environmentally friendly building will serve 900 students in 30 classrooms.

Daley said excellent schools are the best gifts he can give to children.

"Once they get a good, quality education, they have the tools for life. They never have to depend off of anyone. If you have an education, you have independence," the mayor said.

"The future, in many ways, is going to be understanding how to harness and utilize technology in meaningful ways. This school is going to be in the forefront of being able to educate students using the most modern technology in the country," said Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman.

The school is set to open in September 2010.


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