GREENFIELD, WWLP (Mass) - Secondary education took a giant leap forward in Franklin County today.
Construction is finally underway after several years of planning for the tremendous project to build the new Greenfield High School.
The current Greenfield High School is 55-years-old and now its starting to show its age.
Principal of Greenfield High School Donna Woodcock said, "It can be a hundred degrees in one room and 55 in another so if we can get some energy efficiency in the building, I think that's going to be important.
A few hundred yards away they broke ground for the new school, intended to be cost effective in the long term.
You'll see a completely different design with ventilation and natural light. So its really completely different technology and it will be great for Greenfield, just great for Greenfield.
Throughout the three year phased construction period there will be a lot of heavy equipment lying around but the principal says it will all be worth it in the end.
"I think that it will make them so they are much more comfortable then they are now and they'll be able to focus on their education."
Most of the 66 million dollar project is being reimbursed by the state.
Massachusetts State Treasurer, Steve Grossman said, "All of Franklin County has a bright future and we're determined to give all the children who go to school here a 21st century education for an innovation economy."
The school had strong support in Greenfield. Eight out of ten voted in favor.
I'm really looking forward to the excitement on the students faces when they see a new building," Principal Woodcock said.
About 55 years ago, then Congressman John F. Kennedy, spoke at the opening of the current high school. The new high school is hoped to be completely done in three years.