South Portland High School is ready for its $47M close-up

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SOUTH PORTLAND — After more than two years of renovation and new construction, students will return to the newly-minted South Portland High School Monday, Jan. 5. 

The $47.3 million project increased the school’s previous square footage by 50 percent, to approximately 300,000 square feet. New additions include the auditorium, gymnasium, library, cafeteria and kitchen, courtyard, lecture hall, video production studio, and a lab for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Renovations also included tailoring individual classrooms to better meet the needs of STEM curriculum and project-based learning. 

“Classrooms are built around pods, where there is a project space room that can connect from different classrooms,” Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kathryn Germani said this week.

The new building was designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council. 

The most recent renovation and what will be unveiled Monday, was a gutting of the old building.

Now, Germani said, the refurbished building will connect with the new one.

“I think (students will) be excited to see how the old section of the building has really been updated to look like the new section,” Germani said. “You would not know the condition that the building was in prior to construction.”

Teachers are scheduled to move into their new classrooms Friday, Jan. 2. A public open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the school, 637 Highland Ave., on Sunday, Jan. 4, from 2-4 p.m.

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext.106 or Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA

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The completed South Portland High School at 637 Highland Ave. will open to students and staff Monday, Jan. 5, after a 33-month, $47.3 million construction project added 100,000 square feet of space to the building. A public open house will be held Sunday, Jan. 4, from 2-4 p.m.

South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.