LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s school vacation week and high school students in Longmeadow have a lot to look forward to when they return to class next Tuesday.
It’s moving in week at Longmeadow’s new high school.
While students aren’t around this week, there’s plenty of activity going on to get Longmeadow’s new high school ready for students when they return from vacation.
It won’t be long before the plastic is removed from the new scoreboard in the gymnasium and the rest of the building will be open for class says Principal Larry Berte.
“There’s lots of work, there’s technology being set up, all the final electronic systems are going in, testing out fire alarms, making sure we have all our egress routes set for the students so we want a safe, educational facility when we arrive next week,” says Berte.
The old Longmeadow High School was built back in 1955 and had seen its better days.
Everyone is looking forward to getting into the new building.
“In terms of the facility, the opportunity is going to be so amazing compared to what we’ve had, as I mentioned wireless technology throughout , open spaces, large classrooms, activities that weren’t supported before will be supported with the new facility in terms of size and function,” says Principal Berte.
A new gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, media center, music rooms, science labs and classrooms will be available for students.
The new high school is being built right next to the old one.
Nearly 80 percent of the old building is going to be demolished and used for parking for the school.
One section will be renovated and remain part of the high school.