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Final Public Tours Of Taconic High School Scheduled

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents will get one final chance to walk the halls of the current Taconic High School before it meets the wrecking ball.
 
Superintendent Jason McCandless said the current Taconic will be open for walk-throughs on Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
 
"These walk-throughs are to give members and friends of the Taconic family and Taconic community from the last 50 years a chance to see the place that they knew and loved before it gives way to new playing fields for the next generation of the Taconic family," McCandless wrote in an email announcing the tours.
 
"We look forward to welcoming alumni and friends from the past several decades to this informal, self-guided trip down memory lane before the city's newest school opens."
 
A brand new $120.8 million high school has been under construction for two years and is set to open this fall. Soon, the project will hit the "substantially complete" milestone and a certificate of occupancy will be granted. At that point, items from the current Taconic will be moved into the new school, the current high school will be fenced in, and demolition work will begin. 
 
Ultimately, the current school's location will be that of playing fields for athletics. 
 
On that weekend, secretary Beverly Gans will be available to provide "expert insight on the current building" and McCandless will be available to talk with visitors about the new school.

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