Goshen schools celebrate groundbreaking

Construction of $30.5 million project will begin after school is dismissed

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  • The ceremonial groundbreaking 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, Matthew Milnamow, project manager at LAN Associates; Kevin Sawyer, vice president of Triton Construction; Computer Network Administrator James Sterett, Superintendent Daniel Connor, Goshen High School Principal Robert McKiernan, Goshen High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Matthew O’Brien. (Photo provided)

  • Goshen High School choral students sing “The Star Spangled Banner.” (Photo provided)

  • Class of 2020 Treasurer Kalil Thomas, member of the first class who will graduate with the completed changes, talks about his excitement for the changes to come. (Photo provided)

  • Superintendent Daniel Connor addresses the crowd. (Photo provided)

  • Board President Judy Green thanks the crowd for attending. (Photo provided)

  • Shovels and hardhats are ready for the ceremonial dirt toss. (Photo provided)

  • An architectural rendering of the new capital project


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 and Math) Lab and Suite.
$2 million renovation to the auditorium. 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.
Districtwide IT infrastructure upgrades including improved high speed broadband and wireless connectivity throughout the district and a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phone system.
Renovations to 20 classrooms

— The Goshen Central School District held a groundbreaking ceremony May 29 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 too part. The ceremony began with opening remarks from Superintendent Daniel Connor, who thanked the Goshen community for supporting the project.

“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 the Goshen High School students.

The $30.48 million capital improvement project was approved by voters on Feb. 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.

“I think we might be more excited for the end of the school year than the students are,” joked Matt Milnamow, project manager at LAN Associates, who is managing the design team for the project. “LAN Associates has really found a niche on the education landscape and we look forward to continuing our work for local school districts, especially serving our hometown community in Goshen.”

Since 2013, LAN has been working with Goshen Central School District as their Architect-of-Record to complete routine capital improvement projects and referendum design services required to implement a $4.6 million bond in 2014 and the most recent $30.5 million capital project for the work at the high school and the districtwide information technology improvements.

“This is something that we worked really hard to achieve, and to get to this point is truly remarkable," said Connor.

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