By Ray Hershel
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Ground was broken Monday for a new Putnam Vocational Technical High School in Springfield.
Local and state officials including State Treasurer Timothy Cahill took part in the event.
School Superintendent Alan Ingram says this day was a long time in coming.
“This is a great day for Springfield, great day for Springfield Public Schools and our students will be the beneficiaries.”
No one knows better than current Principal Kevin McCaskill how much a new school is needed.
“Better classrooms suited for better outcomes with technology included, it’s just a tremendous day for our kids.”
Younger students like Rishawn Harris who’s a Freshman at Putnam will be graduating from a brand new high school.
“I think it’s a great experience for new freshmen, and the rest of the class here, I think it’s going to be good for sports and academics.”
Darrel Rivera, a Junior at Putnam, will be gone by the time the new school is completed.
“It’s awesome that Putnam has a new building because it’s been a long time coming and with the old building we were not really integrated with our shops and academics.”
Morgan Robinson, another Junior, is happy for future students.
“I think it’s great, I think students here deserve it and it’s a good thing they’re getting the new school and I think it’s a better environment to learn better.”
The new Putnam Vocational High School is scheduled to be completed by the Fall of 2012.