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Big renovations planned for Largo High School

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Students show a lot of pride in Largo High School, but they can also show you its flaws.

"So much needs to be done, just like little things that you can notice. There's cracks in the walls, there is painting that needs to be redone," said 11th grader Jessica Wallace.

Brynce Henson, a 10th grader, agrees.

"There is either an off or on switch, so it's either freezing cold in the classrooms, or it's really hot," he said.

Principal Brad Finkbiner can point out some even bigger issues with the nearly 100-year old building.

"One of the things that we ran into was having some flooding problems," he pointed out.

The school has not changed much over the years. Flip through yearbook from the 1960s, and you can see a picture of the past that looks a lot like the present. As it nears its 100 year mark, the problems will soon be a thing of the past.

"We are looking to have something like a college campus where students can really get where they need to have to move onto the next level," said Principal Finkbiner.

Crews will start building the new school in 2014, but work is already underway. Tuesday, the school board approved $3.6 million for architectural services. Surveyors are laying the ground work for the new design.

Those are among the first steps in a project that will ultimately cost $50 million.

As the school plans for its future, they are also working to make sure its history is not forgotten.

"We want to maintain the historical thread that has been running for the last 100 years into what we are going to turn this building into," said Principal Finkbiner.

Finkbiner added that the plans include leaving a few buildings standing to mix the school's past with its future.

Students said that is a good plan.

"My little sister is going to be coming here after me, so it's cool for her to have a new campus, even though I probably won't see it," Henson said.

The school should be finished by the summer of 2016.

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