A brand new West Springfield high school opened its doors to students Tuesday morning.
Students were happy to attend school to explore all the features the new building has to offer.
"I'm very excited, very nice school, it looks like a college to me. It's a lot better than our old school. We really needed it," said student Nichole Brochu.
Superintendent Russell Johnston wants the new school to prepare students for what learning will be like once they leave high school.
"We want places where students can push desks together, collaborate. So we very specially chose the furniture for that. We purposely chose the way the work spaces would be, so students can be working on white boards, collaborating, problem solving, so it's not just one teaching station, one learning station. The entire classroom is about problem solving, creating and collaboration," he said.
Using progressive technology and large group instruction spaces, the school is becoming a little less traditional with interactive projectors and music labs.
"We're going to be doing some very fun things here that we didn't use to do. Plus it will be a very fun space for the community, wonderful for high school during the day and park and rec after hours," Johnston said.
Teachers are very pleased with the new environment.
"We have been given a remarkable opportunity with remarkable resources to really take an opportunity for us to grow as a community, really unprecedented," said David Desmond, a teacher at the school.
Each student will be given a chrome laptop starting next year.
"We're fortunate to have great technological resources, to go one on one in the workplace here in this building," Johnston said.
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