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Is road by school site ill-named?

May 16, 2010
go to school next to Town Dump Road?

With the town set to start preliminary site work on Torrey Road for the new high/middle school this summer, School Building Committee Chairman Scott Lazo says he will ask the Town Council to change the name of Town Dump Road, which he said will have an emergency vehicle access to the school, to Pioneer Way. Lazo's desired name is a reference to the Southbridge school system's mascot. Lazo did not put an exact date on when he will make his request, but said it will be sometime after he receives draft schmmatics for the site within the next week.

The school's primary entrance and legal address, which has not yet been determined, will be on Torrey Road, he said.

The Town Council in February unanimously approved the $76.5 school project, with the state School Building Authority set to pay $53.7 million. The town will pay the remaining share.

Changing the road's name, Lazo said, would help usher in the new school. He said it would erase the image of the former town dump that sits next to the road.

"This is the future of that neighborhood," Lazo said.

Lazo's idea is already receiving support from School Committee Chairman Jack Jovan. He said he would support changing the name of the road, despite disagreeing with the stigma its name evokes.

See Monday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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