Editorial: Proud of the new GHS

The new Greenfield High School is now open for business and the first thing that comes to mind is “wow!”

As good-looking as the exterior of the building may be, what’s inside is something else — a modern, spacious school that should serve well the students, staff and community for decades to come.

Upon entering the building, one is struck by the thought that this is not just a newly constructed public high school, but it could be a structure that would easily fit in on a college campus. There is an openness to it, a feeling that wasn’t compromised even by the crowd that was drawn to the school for last week’s open house for students and their families. Even the hallways lined with lockers didn’t create a closed-in atmosphere as students tried out their combinations and navigated around to locate their various classrooms.

That space, that airiness, was undoubtedly aided by the tremendous amount of light that is part of the two-story building’s design. The amount of natural light that is allowed to filter into classrooms and other areas is an amazing contrast to what one experienced in the old school. That light, we feel, will create a cheerier atmosphere, one we would think would be much more conducive for learning.

Creating a space to meet the educational needs of the students now and for years to come was always part of the plan.

We’d have to say that from the design of the building to the features in classrooms, labs, library, shop, it appears that the planning has been realized. Kudos should be extended to the architects and construction teams as well as all who had input into what this school should be like.

Congratulations, too, should go out to the School Building Committee in the way it has overseen the project, including hiring the right people to shepherd the construction work. Whereas the Greenfield Middle School project wrote the textbook on how a school construction project can go wrong, this one seems to have followed a winning playbook.

We can’t imagine that this won’t continue to be the case as the work moves on to the next phase, which includes more new construction, including a gymnasium, the renovation of the auditorium and the creation of athletic fields, including an outdoor track.

But don’t take our word for it. The school is planning to hold an open house for the community later this fall. We encourage Greenfield residents to take this opportunity to see that they have a high school that is destined to be one of the jewels of the community.

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