Matt Tota, Milford Daily News, writes
The spotless halls were abuzz with a chorus of "wows," "oohs" and "aahs" from people streaming through them, stopping here and there to admire one of the college-like lecture halls or laboratories equipped with many of the same tools as those of a research institution.
"This place feels like a college," noted Tony Scardino while walking the track above the gymnasium with his son, a first-grader.
The $103.5 million high school stands as the largest that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has funded to date through its "model school" program, in which schools are built from previous designs, though each slightly tweaked to fit the district’s profile.
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I'll agree with what Matt observed, in my walking the halls, overhearing conversations, or in direct conversation, the sentiment was the same. Amazing. Some corporate offices don't provide the kind of working space and meeting rooms that are found here at the new Franklin High School.
There are items remaining on the 'punch list'. The security around the separation of the 'community space and the rest of the high school is not fully installed. Hence, the talk scheduled for Monday evening is being relocated from the auditorium at the new school, across the parking lot to the Horace Mann Middle School.
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski was saying that this is like moving into a new home, there are lots of little things that remain, boxes still to unpack and put away. The hallways have nice trophy cases to display the awards accumulated over the years but not all have been placed yet.
If you get a chance to stop by for the dedication (1:00 PM) or open house today (See schedule here
), please do so. This is an amazing facility.
A few photos from my tour of the new facility
|850 seat auditorium|
|Kitchen area for the cafeteria|
|outside view from the 2nd level track|
|track around the 2nd level of the gymnasium|
|trophy cases with several of the awards|
|new TV studio (boxes still to unpack)|
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