EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

July 9, 2014

Pelham school construction has started

PELHAM — The $22.6 million high school renovation and expansion are underway and on track for completion in the summer of 2016.

Workers are finishing up the first phase of site work and are beginning to clear some of the area, Superintendent Amanda Lecaroz said.

“Today, they were putting up the construction fence and removing some of the trees on the side where the new parking lot will go,” she said yesterday.

The new parking lot should be ready for the fall and will have 100 additional spaces, according to the school district website.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the addition has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m.

While the addition is under construction — during the 2014-2015 school year — classes will continue in the main part of the school.

“The addition’s primarily on the front of the building, and it’s an actual separate building,” Lecaroz said.

A hallway between the addition and main school building will be added later to connect the sections.

The students will be able to work, Lecaroz said, despite the construction.

“Some of the traffic patterns are going to change throughout the year,” she said. “It’ll be much more doable than what I’ve seen with construction projects in the past.”

After the addition’s completion, students will study in the addition while the main part of the school is updated during the 2015-2016 school year.

“That will be a little more disruptive to them,” Lecaroz said.

The addition will be two stories with 29 additional classrooms. The portable classrooms will be removed.

Work in the main part of the school includes an expanded cafeteria, remodeled bathrooms and locker rooms.

There will be an enclosed walkway between the addition and main school, and increased security because of remodeled entrances.

Lecaroz said she is most excited for the school to have additional space and be a better learning environment. There will be improved lighting and stronger acoustics to block out noise from other classrooms.

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