QUINCY -- Quincy Public Schools dedicates its fourth of five new elementary schools on Saturday, and Superintendent Roy Webb says people should be happy with the finished product.
The new Thomas S. Baldwin Elementary School "shows everything that's great about the Quincy community," Webb said. "It shows that we're focused on our children. We're focused on the future."
Opening ceremonies begin at 10 am. at the school, located at 3000 Maine, and will feature speakers along with a chance to meet the "flight crew" and tour the building.
Webb will speak along with Baldwin Principal Jim Sohn and others during the dedication ceremony. Sohn "will highlight what he and his team have done to get ready for 15 August," the first day of classes, Webb said.
People at the ceremony will "enjoy the morning looking around and seeing what they've invested in as part of this community," Webb said. "People will get to see a little bit of how we're able to complete all the new school with the old school."
The building incorporated some features of the former Baldwin Intermediate School, adding to the complexity of the construction project.
"We've got Blue Devil gym, the auditorium, cafeteria and 55,000-square-feet of new school. The tornado-safe room is not in the gym but in the media center," Webb said. "It's another beautiful structure."
Along with the new construction, existing portions of the building saw some upgrades from fresh paint to air conditioning in the gym and auditorium.
"Some of the great traditions are still there at Baldwin, and we have that brand-new school," Webb said. "It really shows what's great about our community."