District, community celebrate groundbreaking for capital project

People wearing hard hats and holding shovels in the dirt smile at the camera.
The ceremonial ground breaking at Goshen High School. From left, Board of Education Members Michael Lorenzo, Martha Bogart, Allison Salte, Jeremy Cassel, Board Vice President Jason Pucci, Board President Judy Green, LAN Associates Project Manager Matthew Milnamow, Triton Construction Vice President Kevin Sawyer, Computer Network Administrator James Sterett, Superintendent Daniel Connor, Goshen High School Principal Robert McKiernan, Goshen High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Matthew O’Brien.

On May 29, the Goshen Central School District held a groundbreaking ceremony at Goshen High School to commemorate the start of construction for the voter-approved $30.48 million capital improvement project.

District officials, Board of Education members, students and members of the community were in attendance to take part in the celebration. The ceremony began with opening remarks from Superintendent Daniel Connor, who thanked the Goshen community for supporting the project.

A young man addresses the crowd.
Class of 2020 Treasurer Kalil Thomas expresses his excitement for the new upgrades to Goshen High School. The Class of 2020 will be the first class to graduate with the completed upgrades.

“I can’t express how excited I am for what lies ahead,” he said. “The completion of the capital improvement project will ensure that our students receive a top-rate education in state-of-the-art facilities. The next 14 months could be the most exciting of my 42 years in education.”

The ceremony also included remarks from Board of Education President Judy Green and Class of 2020 Treasurer Kalil Thomas, as well as choral music from Goshen High School students under the direction of Kristen Scully and Molly Lloyd.

The $30.48 million capital improvement project was approved by voters on February 28, 2017, and will create 21st century learning environments, address safety and security, modernize the performing arts program and auditorium and upgrade the athletic facilities at Goshen High School. Construction will begin June 25, after students are dismissed for the summer, and will take approximately 14 months to complete.

Upgrades include:

  • 15,000 square-foot addition that will provide four new classrooms, centralized administrative offices, and a security vestibule at the front entrance.
  • New STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Lab and Suite.
  • Music department upgrades including upgraded seating, acoustics and lighting in the auditorium.
  • Athletic upgrades that include a new artificial multi-use turf athletic field with 8-lane track and lighting (to replace existing track and football field) and 1,500 seat bleachers, concession stand, team locker rooms, training room, storage rooms and bathrooms.
  • District-wide IT infrastructure upgrades including improved high speed broadband and wireless connectivity throughout the district and a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phone system.
Students singing.
Chorus students sing the National Anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony May 29.

Visit the Capital Improvement Project page for more information.

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