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New Putnam High School Ready for New School Year

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –It looks like a mall, a restaurant, or maybe even the entrance to a museum.

It’s the Grand Putnam Hall, the first place you step into at the new Putnam Vocational Technical High School.

Some students who used to go to the old Putnam might be a little too impressed with it.

“It’s nice. I wish I could just go here to see how it was” said recent graduate Noel Espinosa.

“The students that have already graduated want to come back. I’m like no I’m not letting you in the door again!” joked Principal Gil Traverso.

With part of the old Putnam still standing nearby, officials snipped the ribbon to the facility that stands on what used to be a football field.

The school is energy efficient, includes an amphitheater, media center, even a recording studio.

With all the state of the art school has to offer, students say they can’t wait to get back to work come August 27th.

“I’m actually really excited because the old school isn’t really that nice it’s more high tech and stuff” said student Jaleel Brown.

“Our school is going to be so much better, it’s going to have a lot of new stuff in it and it’s going to be a lot better than the old Putnam. I can already tell” said incoming Senior Gloria Mateo.

Brown has a message for his friends who chose to go to another school. “You should’ve picked Putnam” he teased.

90% of the Putnam’s $114 million price tag is being reimbursed by the state.

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