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Madison High School begins much-needed renovations

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Monday was a big day for the Madison High School community as school administrators, with the community, break ground for some much-needed renovations.

It's a $13.9 million project that is expected to finish around December, 2013.

Tom Farrell calls himself a true 'Madisonite', in his own words. He was born and raised in Madison with strong ties to the high school.

"It's a wonderful feeling to be able to have a renovation of a good building," Tom Farrell said.

The groundbreaking day is a special one, not just for Tom but for school administrators who say this day was long-awaited.

"It's a great accomplishment for Madison, for this high school and we've worked on it for almost 5 years now and it's a wonderful feeling," Principal Sharon Knowlton said.

The first groundbreaking was back in 1964 and there hasn't been one since. They used two shovels that are symbolic for Monday's groundbreaking as an advancement into the future.

"It means opening so many educational opportunities for our kids that we've not been able to give them," Knowlton said.

Things like accessibility, safety and technology were among the biggest struggles for the school. Knowlton says a chance to remodel and improve quality is just what they need. As for Tom, he couldn't be more proud to watch his high school move forward.

"Education has changed since 1965. The skills have changed that the students need in the 21st century," Tom Farrell said.

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