By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Pinkerton Academy unveiled its newest buildings on campus during a ceremony Sunday.
School administration, staff, community members and students gathered for the official event to mark the grand opening of the $7.8 million project, made possible by state funding to upgrade high school CTE programs around the state.
“To think, all this was done as part of the New Hampshire capital budget, not with local tuition or taxes,” said Harry Burnham, Pinkerton Board of Trustees.
The multi-million-dollar project included building a new, two-story, 15,000-square foot building at the site of former portable classrooms — known as the CTE Annex Building.
The new building will house architecture, environmental studies and engineering classes.
Another new building stands on the lower end of the school’s campus and is named the CTE South Building. This one-story, 6,500 square-foot structures will house animal science and the new cosmetology program.
A third building across Bypass 28 will be used for CTE storage.
In addition, upgrades were made to the lower level of the Low Building, where many CTE programs are housed, including welding and construction.
Sen. James Rausch, R-Derry, spearheaded the campaign to get Pinkerton the funding he said it deserved to update the CTE programs.
“This is a culmination of a decade-long effort,” he said. “Pinkerton students will have a multitude of CTE offerings.”
Lisa Danley, state director of the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Career Development Bureau, said the process at Pinkerton was long and arduous.
“Embarking on a CTE renovation is not for the faint of heart,” she said. “It’s a long process.
The Pinkerton process is now complete and ready for the 800 students who are enrolled in various classes. There are about 2,400 classes available in 19 different programs.
Some of the school’s CTE students helped with the project.
Pinkerton has 3,000 or more students who have taken a CTE course during their high school years.
After the ceremony, CTE students led visitors on tours of the new facilities.
In addition to unveiling the new buildings, several prominent people were honored with official status at various locations around campus.
Pinkerton’s new center for veterinary science will be named after Rausch; Wood’s name will be placed on Pinkerton’s Center for Environmental Studies; Class of 1940 graduate and longtime trustee Marion Pounder will be honored with a plaque at the cafeteria in the Academy Building; and the Academy Building’s lecture hall is now known as the Foster H. Ball Lecture Hall. Ball was also a member of the Class of 1940 and a longtime supporter and school trustee.