And Finally, Groundbreaking at Pelham High School

September 19, 2014

by Lynne Ober

Following 12 years of intense effort to renovate Pelham High School, a ceremonial groundbreaking was celebrated at the school on September 5 to the delight of PHS Principal Dr. Dorothy Mohr.  October 2, 2002 was the date of the first meeting of the first facility committee formed to analyze Pelham High School.  Winston Churchill said, ‘Never, never give up.’  We didn’t and here we are,” Mohr said with a smile.

Superintendent Amada Lecaroz told the audience it was time to “say goodbye to the building we know and say hello to the future.”  She thanked voters, parents, students and staff for making this a reality.

Mohr said that the new parking lot availability went down to the wire.  “We only painted spot numbers for students the day before school.  It was close, but it got done.  By the fall of 2016 we will have a much better environment.”

The groundbreaking for the addition will be the first phase of a two-phase project.  The new addition is expected to be ready in the fall of 2015, but then much needed renovations will be done inside the existing building.  “We will schedule rooms around the renovations,” said Lecaroz.

School Board Chairman Brian Carton welcomed those in attendance and said, “I am thrilled to be here.”  He thanked those who voted to support the warrant article,

Pelham School Board Vice-chairman Deb Ryan brought the house down with her speech about Pelham Pride and, before her speech had ended, the audience was shouting, “Pelham Proud.”

Then it was time for the actual groundbreaking and, of course, Ryan had planned her own surprise.  She had purchased four confetti cannons and enlisted and stationed four high school students strategically.  With the dignitaries lined up with their shovels, Ryan got then to all put their shovels into the ground at the same time and the high school students shot the cannons.  Confetti in school colors filled the air and made the audience gasp.  The new project was off to a great start.

The band played for the audience and then a reception was held on the lawn.