Plymouth: Officials say new South High School healthier in many ways

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council or MAPC did a health impact study to determine how the new South High School would affect the health of students and the general population.  They presented their findings yesterday at meeting of town officials and health providers at South High School.

Barry Keppard, is Public Health Manager with MAPC.  His group examined the design and site plan of the new school as they affect health:

“We’re looking at the physical design, but also what social interactions can also occur as a result of the new design, so in some degrees it is kind of air quality related to the building itself, but sometimes it’s actually, for example how vocational and traditional are mixed in the building, which will be much different under the new building than it is now.”

Different and more healthy, according to Patricia` Fry, Principal at South High School:

“The new Plymouth South High School will be a 150 percent better health-wise than the current Plymouth South High School.  Trust me, I spend every day here.”

A rendering of the new Plymouth South High School

A rendering of the new Plymouth South High School

About Steve Burns

Steve comes to the South Shore by way of the Jersey Shore. Upon arriving at Emerson College in Boston back in 2010, and eventual graduation in 2014, Steve was immediately attracted to radio as an outlet for his reporting. Previous stops before the South Shore include WOBM on the Jersey Shore, WCCM in the Merrimack Valley, an internship at CBS Radio News' flagship station, WCBS 880 in New York City, and a few formative years at Emerson's WERS.