The mortar boards of the Class of 2017 had hardly hit the lawn when work started recently on a $7.6 million renovation of Belfast Area High School.

The project, which was bonded by voters last November, involves a major overhaul and reorganization of the older south end of the high school, including a renovation of the pool.

As of July 3, workers had gutted much of the cafeteria and were rebuilding masonry walls in the kitchen. Work had not yet begun on the pool.

The high school was built for $1.1 million in 1965. The then-modern building replaced the former Crosby High School, which had become overcrowded and obsolete.