BRISTOL – The long awaited opening of the former Memorial Boulevard School, now dubbed the Bristol Arts and Innovation Magnet School, will be coming with the onset of the new school year.
“We’re opening and very excited,” said Leah McCabe, the BAIMS interim principal, during the Rockwell Amphitheater Community Conversation. “We wanted to tell you about a couple of community events where you can come and tour and see our brand new shining school.”
In preparation for its acceptance of Bristol students, public tours will be held as part of three community house events spread over three days. On Aug. 10 and Aug. 17, from 2 to 5 pm, community members will be welcome to investigate the halls of the historic school building. On Aug. 20, from 10 am to 2 pm, the last open house will be held.
Community tours are scheduled to last 45 minutes and to begin every 15 minutes from the Rockwell Theater inside the school.
“There’s a lot to celebrate and we’ll be running a program in that space,” said Bristol Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Dr. Michael Dieter of the last day of the open house events.
“So, our building, if you haven’t seen it and been to downtown Bristol, it’s the school in Memorial Boulevard and we are reopening 100 years after the school originally opened,” McCabe said.
The interim principal said middle school students would attend the facility as their primary place of education but high school students would also get to use the location for a variety of arts and STEM courses.
School officials said students attending BAIMS could call themselves the BAIMS Bears and their colors are black and gold. A mascot and name will be chosen at a later date with input from students.