Remarks by Senator Moore at the ribbon-cutting for the new Uxbridge High
August 20, 2012 ... At a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Uxbridge High School, Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, offered the following remarks:
“It has been said that ‘good things come to those who wait.’ By that measure the ribbon-cutting for this new Uxbridge High School is truly a ‘great thing.’
“The foundation for education at Uxbridge High School has always been the many committed, competent, and caring teachers who have taught generations of Uxbridge students. Even during the years when the former high school building compared unfavorably with 21st century academic facilities, Uxbridge students – with support and encouragement from that supportive faculty – rose above both real and perceived deficiencies in the physical plant to excel at the best colleges and meet the challenges of the world beyond.
"This new high school, the culmination of the hopes and dreams of Uxbridge students, parents, school personnel, and ultimately of the majority of residents, is a remarkable achievement. There are many here who deserve to be congratulated – school committee and school building committee members, the architects and construction personnel, school faculty and staff – especially the late Dan Stefanilo, the school building authority, my legislative colleagues who joined me in supporting state funding – including former Representatives Paul Kujawksi and Jen Callahan – and all who advocated and supported the many efforts to acquire this land and build this school. However, our greatest appreciation needs to be for the taxpayers of Uxbridge, in partnership with taxpayers across the Commonwealth, who are investing their scarce and hard-earned tax dollars to pay for this remarkable project.
“During one of my several visits to the construction site, I asked one of the construction workers what he was doing. He replied that he was installing sinks in the science lab. Later, I asked another worker what he was doing, and – not surprising given the economy of recent years – he replied that he was glad to be working to support his family. Finally, I met a worker who told me, “I’m helping build a place where Uxbridge students will be inspired to learn all they can to become successful in the future.” That man had vision! He could see beyond the installing of pipes or the earning of his daily wage, to the creation of a state-of-the-art center of learning to benefit future generations of Uxbridge students.
"This is the vision that so many of us have for this new high school! We hope that working in such a great facility will help to retain and attract teachers who will continue to educate and inspire their students. We hope that the opportunity to learn in this modern setting will encourage those students who left Uxbridge for other school districts to return to complete their high school education on this campus. And, we fervently hope that this school will be a place of countless community activities and fond memories; and that it will become a source of “Spartan pride” that will finally put the division and differences of the past behind us, uniting the residents of Uxbridge as a great community once again!”