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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A new era for East Providence Schools began Wednesday at Noon as school officials and state leaders gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony.

The city voted in 2018 to build a new $190 million school on the same property as the old school, constructed in 1952.

Around 75% of the cost will be reimbursed by the state through the school construction program.

The new high school will span over 300,000 square feet and will be able to hold 1600 students.

The building will feature 45 classrooms, two greenhouses, ten state-of-the-art science labs, interactive learning centers and high-tech security measures.

The new East Providence High School is expected to open in the fall of 2021.

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