By John Toole
---- — PELHAM — Three New Hampshire firms will lead development of the $22.6 million Pelham High project voters approved earlier this month.
The School Board has authorized administrators to finalize contracts with Trident Group of Salem, Bonette, Page & Stone of Laconia, and Tighe and Bond of Portsmouth.
Trident will act as the school district’s representative on the project. It served the same oversight role for the town on the $3.9 million fire station project that opened last year.
Bonette, Page & Stone will be the construction management company. The company completed the $2.5 million Golden Brook School project in Windham two years ago.
Tighe and Bond will be the site and civil engineers.
In announcing the construction team on behalf of the School Board and administrators, Superintendent Amanda Lecaroz said the moves keep the project design team intact and maximizes money already invested in the development.
The project will break ground this year and is slated for completion in 2016.
School Board Chairman Brian Carton said a groundbreaking date has yet to be set.
A two-story addition is scheduled for construction this year and next. Renovations to the existing building would take place in 2015-2016.
The expansion will add 29 classrooms, accommodate enrollment of 800 to 900, could be expanded in the future, and include a 240-seat auditorium the community also could use.
Parking improvements are expected for the high school by this fall.
The School Board and administrators are publicly thanking voters for approving the project in a message posted on the district’s website.
“The decision to proceed with the PHS Addition/Remodel is a historic one which will positively impact the school and town for many years to come,” officials said.
The outcome of the vote showed a true commitment to the community and the schools, they said.
The message also thanked supporters for their tireless efforts to inform voters.
It was signed by Lecaroz, Carton and vice chairwoman Deb Ryan.
The School Board, meanwhile, is keeping its leadership in place for the coming year. The board re-elected Carton as chairman and Ryan as vice chairwoman.