EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — State and local leaders broke ground Wednesday at the site of the new East Providence High School.
Set to open in 2021, the 300,000 square-foot building will feature 45 core classrooms, 10 science labs, and two greenhouses.
The school will also offer career and technical courses including graphic design, culinary, broadcast and construction classes.
“This is going to give them a 21st-century high school, and we hope to bring more students back into East Providence with this new high school,” East Providence Superintendent Kathryn Crowley said.
Voters previously approved a bond that included this nearly $190 million project.
Nearly three-fourths of the cost to build the school will be refunded by the Rhode Island Department of Education. Last fall, voters statewide approved a $250 million school construction bond; East Providence is the first community to use some of that funding.
The current high school was constructed in the 1950’s. The new school’s first graduating class will receive their diplomas in 2025.