Salamanca CCSD’s Prospect Elementary School was under construction this week as students, teachers and staff gathered to break ground on the next phase of the school’s Capital Improvement Project. Each got the chance to swing at hammer at appropriately placed targets on a wall in the school’s old library.
High school students began the ceremony with the traditional Seneca blessing and a kindergarten class led the group in the pledge of allegiance.
In two weeks, the existing library will begin to be transformed into the school’s new main entrance. Superintendent Robert Breidenstien gave more details about the upcoming renovations to students, staff, board members, community dignitaries and officials from Turner Construction and HUNT.
“We’re going to start the renovations on a brand new entrance – a secure entrance to make sure that you, your teachers, and all of the guests that come to Prospect are safe,” he said “We’re going to have a brand new main office in this very space. The front of your building is going to look very different, very soon.”
The renovations at Prospect will also include a redesigned library, new computer lab for students and staff, updated kitchen and cafeteria areas and air conditioning throughout the building.
Cattaraugus County legislator, Sue Labuhn, expressed her excitement for the upcoming project as well. “What is coming down the pike for you and future kids in the district is phenomenal,” she said, “You children will benefit from the wonderful things that Mr. Breidenstien and everybody collaborated to put together. We’re happy to be able to watch this go forward.”
Janet Koch, Ward 5 alderwoman for Salamanca City was also in attendance and spoke. “Salamanca City Central School District is doing amazing things for our community,” she said, “It’s all for the kids.”
Mr. Breidenstien gave the first swing at the wall and showed the kids how to do some damage. Words of encouragement and excitement were heard throughout the crowd while students and staff took turns hammering at the bullseyes. Prospect Principal, Gayle Pavone got her chance to wield the hammer, saying “I’m ready for this to go down!”
Thanking those in attendance, Mr. Breidenstien concluded the ceremony by stating, “When you see us next time, Prospect is going to look a whole lot different, but still be excellent, and we’ve got a bullseye for new beginnings at Salamanca.”
Construction will begin promptly for the new main office and all renovations are slated to be completed by Fall 2020.