Pentucket Regional Celebrates ‘Beam Signing’ at Site of New $146 Million School Complex

Rep. Lenny Mirra shares remarks at the beam signing for the Pentucket Regional Middle-High School building project. (Photograph courtesy of Pentucket Regional School District.)

Pentucket Regional School District celebrated a milestone last week in ongoing construction of a $146.2 million new middle and high school complex.

A variety of local and state officials gathered for a “beam signing,” representing the last steel beam to be erected at the building site. The small group included Superintendent Justin Bartholomew, Assistant Superintendent Brent Conway, Pentucket Regional High School Principal Jonathan Seymour, Sen. Bruce Tarr, Rep. Lenny Mirra and members of the School Committee, Building Committee, We Are Pentucket and town officials. The beam is scheduled to be installed today.

“This project is going to make a tremendous difference for Pentucket students for generations to come,” Bartholomew said. “We are always grateful for the continued support of our communities. In addition to being an iconic institution of learning, this building will always be a symbol of the Groveland, West Newbury and Merrimac communities unifying to prioritize education and making a commitment to the young people of these three amazing towns.”

The signing took place in front of the current Pentucket Regional High School building in the circular pick-up area near the front entrance and flag pole. Attendees wore masks and socially distanced for a welcoming statement and introductions from Seymour. Additional remarks came from Bartholomew, School Committee Chair Dena Trotta, previous We Are Pentucket representative Julie Torrisi, Tarr and Mirra.

Those who attended signed the beam one by one and members of the community were invited to drive through the area and sign the beam throughout the day.

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