SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB)- Today the Massachusetts School Building Authority voted to approve over $25 million for improvements to science labs at Springfield Central High School.
The grant was approved because current science labs aren’t up to date. And since class sizes are at capacity they decided to not only renovate the current classrooms, but it was approved to build a 30,000 sq foot building dedicated to the science department. It will include 12 new labs with state-of-the-art technology.
“We have a great program in place and they just want to be able to enhance it with the technology and the tools to make it as good as it possibly can be,” says Principal Tad Tokarz.
Students sat that the expansion will make a big difference. “We offer a lot of AP classes here including AP physics, biology, chemistry- so with new stations and a new building I know it will help out and inspire the kids to do better in those classes,” says Junior, Raekwon Wheeler.
The faculty also relaize the benefits.”Having large lab classes of teenagers learning to use bunson burners, chemicals, acids, bases- and having their backs face the teacher isn’t a good idea. So we’re hoping that we will be able to move things so that they can face me and everything will be spread out,” says Science Teacher Sherri Svedine-Gaskalka.
The expansion will be on the Bay Street side of the building. Construction will begin this summer and it will be completed in two years.
“I’m a junior right now so I don’t think I’ll get to see the benefits of it.. but I’m happy Central is steadily improving the building,” adds Wheeler.