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Groundbreaking ceremony held for Elias Brookings School

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More than two years after a tornado ripped through the Springfield community and destroyed the Elias Brookings Museum Magnet School, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new school.

"I'm thrilled, I'm like between just being overjoyed and wanted to cry because of how much support and love I see here on the grounds today," said Brookings School Principal Terry Powe.

Powe saying it's been a long road since the June 1, 2011 tornado destroyed the school located in Springfield's Six Corners neighborhood.

"Classrooms were destroyed, desks were flipped, walls were caved in," said Powe.

The old school was deemed unusable and until a new school is built students will remain in temporary modular classrooms

"Amongst the devastation, destruction and the rubble rises a phoenix and that is the Brookings School," said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

The cost of the new school totals in at a little less than $30 million. Construction on the project officially began Wednesday, something many parents like Olivia Walter who will have three kids in the school this coming year couldn't be happier about.

"It's going to be a bigger and better Brookings and I'm totally excited for Brookings," said Walter.

Sarno says Wednesday's ceremony is another important step forward for the city.

"It's a great day because we are going to be able to bring back to our community, bring back to our children, and bring back to the neighborhood," said Sarno.

The new school is expected to be completed sometime around January of 2015.

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