The following is a news excerpt from the New Haven Register, "New Haven, West Haven UNH officials Break Ground for new magnet school” by Mark Zaretsky.
Officials from both New Haven and West Haven turned out Tuesday to celebrate the start of construction for the new, University of New Haven-affiliated Engineering & Science University Magnet School, widely known by its acronym, ESUMS.
“We are so excited. We waited so long for this day to come,” ESUMS Principal Medria Blue-Ellis told a crowd gathered beneath a white tent that included a number of blue-and-white pom pom-waving ESUMS students.
She and other officials spoke just prior to the groundbreaking for the college-preparatory inter-district magnet school. It will be built in what now is a UNH parking lot at the end of Isadore Street, adjacent to a UNH athletic field.
The crowd included state Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor and UNH President Steven H. Kaplan, in addition to mayors Toni Harp of New Haven and Ed O’Brien of West Haven, superintendents of schools Garth Harries of New Haven and Neil Cavallaro of West Haven and many others.
The $85 million school, while located in West Haven, will be the 38th school built or rehabilitated under the $1.7 billion school construction program that New Haven began in 1995 under former Mayor John DeStefano Jr.