City and public school officials broke ground on the new Cranbury Elementary School on Thursday. The school construction is the first new school to be built in Norwalk in over 50 years. Construction on the 62,288-square-foot building will proceed throughout the school year. The existing Cranbury Elementary will remain in operation during the construction. The new school, being built directly west of the existing building, will open in fall 2023. The new school will accommodate nearly 500 students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth. The $45 million project does not qualify for the new 60 percent reimbursement rate for school construction and will be built at the original 22.5 percent reimbursement rate.