DALTON — Today's guest eyewitness is Aaron Robb, principal of Wahconah Regional High School, where a new $72.7 million school is rising next door.

In recent tweets, Robb has provided glimpses into the project, which will serve students in the Central Berkshire Regional School District. Member towns are Becket, Cummington, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington and Windsor.

"People often ask how the #NewBlueWahconah is coming along," Robb posted. "Things are going well! Here's a sneak peak at the new Student Commons!"

The first photo shows the designer's view. The second is from the construction site.

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A designer's view of an area inside the learning commons created for the new Wahconah Regional High School.

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Work inside the learning commons as seen earlier in October at Wahconah Regional High School. 

Robb then provided another view of the expansive interior area of the school, construction of which is being overseen by Barr & Barr. The new school is on track to open next fall after winning approval in a district vote in 2019. First, a look at that area as it was designed, and then as it looked in early October. 

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A view of a section of the future learning commons at Wahcohan Regional High School. 

For the photos he provided in other tweets, Robb walked the grounds of the Old Windsor Road school for different views. "Here's what the back of the #NewBlueWahconah will look like ... with the Learning Commons in the center."

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An architect's rendering of the rear of the planned Wahconah Regional High School. 

"And here's what it looks like currently under construction," Robb wrote in his post. "Going to be beautiful!" The 2019 decision to replace the nearly 60-year-old regional high school passed by 88 votes, 1,785-1,697. The proposal failed in four of the seven towns — Cummington, Hinsdale, Peru and Windsor.

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The actual back of the new Wahconah Regional High School, as seen in early October.

In a final set of photos, the principal moved to the southwest side of building project, offering first the design, then the real thing. "Moving right along!" he wrote. 

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The southwest side of the school, as envisioned by architects. 

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The actual southwest side of the new school, as photographed this month by the Wahconah Regional High School principal, Aaron Robb. 

Of the cost, the state is providing reimbursement of $31.38 million. The district towns will be paying $41.33 million over the term of borrowing, with their costs proportional to the number of students each one sends to district schools.

Larry Parnass can be reached at lparnass@berkshireeagle.com and 413-588-8341.

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Larry Parnass joined The Eagle in 2016 from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, where he was editor in chief. His freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, CommonWealth Magazine and with the Reuters news service.