For the first time in 45 years, there will be just one high school in Enfield, after Fermi consolidated with Enfield High.
On Thursday, incoming freshmen got to take a sneak peek at their new digs ahead of the first day of school.
Students met with the staff and got a tour of the building on Thursday.
"I think I'm going to be very confused on where to go,” said Meghan Cooney, a student at Enfield High School.
An expansion was done to the building, and there were renovations made as well.
"I know there's some nerves of the Fermi people of coming back and this isn't our school but it's great that we have this opportunity to become one school,” said high school senior Jacob Audet.
More than 1,500 students will get to enjoy state of the art equipment in every classroom, not to mention a six-bay auto shop, renovated gymnasium, a commercial kitchen and collaborative space.
"I really feel like it's going to set the tone for the student body. I think they're coming in to a new setting like this and already be elevated to the next level,” said Chris Scioscio, a visual arts teacher at Enfield High School.
Some students don't just have a new high school to contend with...the district is also going with a new 10-day rotating block schedule, allowing them to take more classes for a longer period of time.
"We believe it's going to create a better culture in the building. Students can spend more time in depth learning their subjects and move on to the next thing the next day,” said Enfield Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann.
As for Fermi High School, it will now be used by the town for recreational programming...and by the district for athletics and other educational purposes.
"We realize this is going to be new for everyone. A lot of new teachers, a lot of new students but we know our staff is ready to make everyone feel right at home,” Schumann said.
There is still some work to do, but the project is on time and under budget.
All that’s left is the music wing and the auditorium which should be complete by early next year.
Meanwhile, the first day of school is next Tuesday, Sept. 6.
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