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High School Getting Multi-Million Dollar Makeover

HONESDALE — School’s out and construction crews are in at a high school in Wayne County. It’s the last day of the school year and when student...
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HONESDALE -- School's out and construction crews are in at a high school in Wayne County.

It's the last day of the school year and when students come back to Honesdale High School in a couple of months it won't look the same.When the renovation project is complete, school officials said students will be safer.

When the renovation project is complete, school officials said students will be safer.

The library, band, and chorus rooms date back to the 1950s and now that students are on summer break the major work can begin.

The '50s era library has already been gutted. It's part of a $6 million renovation project to upgrade the high school from the moment you walk in to any visits you might make to the principal's office.

"The new renovation will be good for everyone here, gives a good outlook for the school," said Jackie Knash, Class of 2015 President.

Knash and her classmates graduated over the weekend, but the underclassmen will return with a modern look and feel to their high school.

"I do think it's definitely time for a renovation," she said.

Now that students are out of high school for the summer all the construction crews can move in and begin tearing and renovating the front of the Honesdale High School building which will make it more secure according to school officials.

"As visitors do come into our facility there are layers of protection we have before they may enter the building," said Wayne Highlands Superintendent Greg Frigoletto.

Areas like the band and vocal rooms date back to 1958. The same goes for the library, which will be brought into the 21st Century.

"Now is the time to renovate and to have it continue to be a big part of our school culture, and to do it in a way whereby it's modernized and useful for kids," said Frigoletto.

Parents are looking forward to the changes underway at the school.

"Gives the children hope for the future, and it's going to brighten up their day to achieve their goals and reach for the stars and do the best they can," said Marianna Nuccio of Honesdale.

The renovation project at Honesdale High School is expected to wrap up by this fall.