BOYERTOWN, Pa - Boyertown Area Senior High School has undergone a multi-million dollar makeover, and the community finally got a chance to see the finished product this weekend.
The nearly 100-year-old school has a brand new look. The renovation project was 40 years in the making.
"It's a huge improvement for the students," said Lauren Moulin, a 2006 graduate of Boyertown.
The high school is now new and improved. Crews broke ground on the more than $55 million construction project in February 2015.
Two and a half years later, the students, staff, and community members finally got the grand tour.
"It makes me feel awesome," said Owen Carroll, the student council president. "Really glad that I got to see the end result."
"I'm proud to be principal of this building," added Brett Cooper.
The renovations include a new gymnasium, art wing, and science labs, adding about 21,000 square feet to the building.
The school, built in 1919, was last renovated in 1977. Cooper, the principal, said much of the original high school was re-purposed and revamped.
"A lot of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades just to bring everything up to code," added Cooper.
At Saturday's ribbon cutting ceremony, both current and former students got the chance to tour the new building.
"I really wanted to see what the renovations looked like, to see how different it was from when I was in school," said Moulin.
Current students said the two and a half years of construction wasn't always pretty, but the end result was definitely worth the wait.
"They are absolutely beautiful. They are really amazing, honestly, so it's great to have such great facilities," said senior Milton Repa.
"The end result really made everything worth it. We really got access to a great facilities now, including a new cafeteria, new gym," added Carroll
School officials said the project finished on time and under budget.
The Reading School Board will vote next week on whether to approve a $257,293 contract upgrade the senior high school's security camera system.Read More »
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