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New Vocational High School Set To Open

   The first new high school built in Springfield Massachusetts in more than 25 years  will open for the new school year later this month.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   State and local officials , Wednesday, dedicated the new Putnam Vocational Technical High School. The 315 thousand square foot building includes state of the art facilities for 14 hundred students. Massachusetts Treasurer, Steven Grossman, who chairs the state’s school building authority, said the school opens a new chapter in the history of vocational education in Massachusetts.

     The school building authority paid  80 percent of the roughly $120 million construction cost for the new  building, and to demolish the old  Putnam school building.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.