Welcome to www.PelhamProud.com, an up-to-date site for all matters concerning the upgrade and renovation project for Pelham Memorial School, warrant article #2 on the March 9, 2021 ballot.
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PRESENTATIONS & DOCUMENTATION
Problems & Proposed Solutions
PROBLEM: Deemed by the Department of Education as an Upper Elementary School.
SOLUTION: Obtain Middle School classification with the addition of STEAM and Family and Consumer Science classrooms.
PROBLEM: Undersized Library/Media center, band, health and music classrooms in portable units. Use of portables is a safety compromise.
SOLUTION: Creation of library, band, health and music classrooms inside the building.
PROBLEM: Building is not energy efficient, outer walls have no insulation.
SOLUTION: Updated building shell, classroom walls, and heating and ventilation systems, improving energy efficiency.
PROBLEM: Undersized gym and cafeteria with non-ADA compliant serving area.
SOLUTION: New regulation gym with stage, storage, and increased capacity for community use. Appropriately sized cafeteria and ADA compliant food prep/serving areas.
PROBLEM: Crowded and inefficient drop-off and pickup areas for busses and cars.
SOLUTION: Dedicated bus loop and added parking areas.
PROBLEM: Multiple ADA compliance issues including restrooms, lack of elevator, and locker rooms located underground.
SOLUTION: Bring building to ADA compliance by upgrading restrooms, adding an elevator, and relocating locker rooms to ground level.
PROBLEM: Space and privacy issues limiting the ability to address special education and guidance needs. Some of these spaces are in converted closets without windows.
SOLUTION: Dedicated and appropriately sized special education rooms and guidance offices with up-to-date therapy equipment.
PROBLEM: No collaboration spaces; essential for best middle school practices.
SOLUTION: Addition of “team” rooms and collaboration spaces.
PROBLEM: Outdated and inefficient science classrooms, sinks, and labs.
SOLUTION: Updated science classrooms with modern labs spaces.
Tour of Memorial School
Images of Pelham Memorial School
Concept Design & Proposed Floor Plan
The proposed design will add appropriately sized spaces for the gym, cafeteria, STEAM, library, music, health, guidance, and special education. The enclosed courtyard will be secure and accessible for multiple purposes. The corridor in the back of the building will provide additional access to the Family and Consumer Science classrooms, which will alleviate the congestion and noise in the main hallways.
The entrance and "Town Square" will provide ample space for community activities.