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Principal Michael Meechin, Superintendent Debra Pace and School Board member Tim Weisheyer cut the ribbon on Poinciana's new wing.

Becky Ellis

Principal Michael Meechin, Superintendent Debra Pace and School Board member Tim Weisheyer cut the ribbon on Poinciana's new wing.

Melinn Lanier, Reporter

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School officials at Poinciana High officially opened the doors Monday to a multi-million dollar expansion to welcome a growing student population and update the school’s science and technology departments.

The $7 million add on, which began in January and can accommodate up to 500 students, is the first major expansion to break ground on the campus since the school was constructed in 1992.

Becky Ellis
School Board member Tim Weisheyer speaks at Poinciana’s ribbon cutting on Monday.

The two-story wing has a total of 20 classrooms, which will be home to health science and engineering programs.

District Superintendent Debra Pace, who once was served as principal at Poinciana, and School Board member Tim Weisheyer helped Principal Michael Meechin cut the ribbon on the new structure.

“This will be a great addition to the campus and student body,” Weisheyer said. “I’m excited for the students and teachers here because this addition can help accommodate the growing population.”

An upcoming redistricting plan will rezone some current Celebration High students for Poinciana.

Language arts instructor Carolyn Alvarez is one of the teachers moving into the new wing.

“As an English teacher, I’ve been overlooked when it comes to computers,” said Alvarez. “With the new wing, I’ll be able to receive the technology necessary for my students.”

The school’s career and technical education department also received major face lifts over the summer. The culinary department’s new dining hall can seat up to 40 diners.

The culinary program will now include a high-end restaurant with a gourmet menu and a large industrial kitchen.

“The new wing is just the start of Poinciana’s bright future and the journey of a long quality education for students,” Meechin said

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Here is one of 20 classroom added to Poinciana this year.

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