Renovations begin at Belfast Area High School

By Ethan Andrews | Jul 04, 2017
Photo by: Ethan Andrews The pair of stuffed, mounted lions in the lobby of Belfast Area High School — once part of the Smithsonian Institution's collection — stare into sheets of plywood erected to protect the glass display July 3 as a planned $7.6 million renovation of the school gets underway.

Belfast — 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.

Large ventilation ducts stand on end in the Belfast Area High School gym July 3. Work recently began on a $7.6 million renovation of the 52-year-old building. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
A sign marks the temporary closure of Belfast Area High School's pool for renovations. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
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