PCHS Ground Breaking
Groundbreaking celebrates start of PCHS construction
As Port Chester High School Principal Mitchell Combs said, people “break bread” sometimes without actually eating bread, so on this day they were going to enjoy a “ground breaking” without actually breaking any ground.
As the rain poured down outside on May 13, Bond Advisory Committee members, school and town officials and residents gathered in the high school auditorium for the official groundbreaking ceremony heralding in the start of construction at Port Chester High School.
Ceremonial shovels were used to symbolically lift dirt off of a large piece of artificial turf set up on stage.
“There is a lot of excitement,” Superintendent Edward Kliszus said. “This is part of the 2017 bond referendum and we are now underway.”
The referendum also included renovations and additions to other schools as well. These projects have already begun and are currently under construction.
“This project is the result of a huge community effort,” Board of Education President Carolee Brakewood said of the high school. “We are grateful to the entire community for its support and the great promise that it holds.”
Architect Joseph Fuller, of Elmsford’s Fuller and D’Angelo, said the high school project would create better and brighter educational spaces for STEAM courses — science, technology, engineering, arts and math. In addition, the high school will have a new, larger gymnasium and new band and choral rooms.
“All this work allows this magnificent 1930s building to be a modern learning facility,” Mr. Fuller said.
Dr. Kliszus said the project will likely take two years to complete and should be ready for the 2020-21 school year.