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Westfield school undergoes renovations

WESTFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

If walls at the Westfield Vocational-Technical High School could talk, they'd have a lot to say about the building's unique history.

It was first opened back in the 1930s as Westfield High School.

Since then, it has provided education for generations of students.

The building was even used during World War II.

But over the years, technical problems along with the usual wear and tear began to consume the building.

"The conditions were deplorable. We were blowing fuses and had buckets in the hallways when it rained. We had significant air quality issues," said Westfield Superintendent of Schools Suzanne Scallion.

"The roofing areas leaked tremendously and the windows were in horrible shape," said Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik.

Tearing it down and starting fresh was a consideration, but Knapik said he could not let that happened to the city icon.

"This building is a beautiful building. It has a great history in Westfield. At the time it was built, it was a national leader in architecture and functionality," said Knapik.

With help from the Massachusetts School Board Authority and the Department of Energy Resources, the building received a much needed face lift.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday at the school to celebrate the renovations.

"Now it has a state of the art ventilation system, we've brought air conditioning to parts of the building and we upgraded electrical systems to make it safer and energy efficient," explained Knapik.

Officials at Friday's ceremony agree the restoration of this nearly 80-year-old building would not have been possible without the partnership between local and state government.

"It represents the best of a city working with the state and our kids are going to benefit from this for years to come," said Scallion

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