Voters approve purchase of house next to Colonial School for playground, offices

314 Pelhamdale Ave.

314 Pelhamdale Ave.

Voters approved Tuesday the use of $1.1 million to purchase the house at 314 Pelhamdale Ave. by a margin of 783 to 123, according to unofficial results announced by Pelham School Board President Sue Bratone Childs.

The property is set to become playground space for Colonial School as well as administrative offices for the district.

The school board said prior to the vote that money for the purchase will come from undesignated reserve funds, so it will not require a tax increase or loan.

According to a statement released by the school board in May, “The property could provide expanded playground and green space for Colonial School, which is currently very limited because of its location in a residential neighborhood. The existing house could be used as office space for district administration, reducing the need to rent offices for administrators who are planning to vacate their current offices in Pelham Memorial High School to make way for additional classrooms.”

At the same time, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cheryl Champ said, “Acquiring property contiguous to Colonial School is something that has been on the district’s radar for some time… Given the challenges facing the school with regard to the physical plant, and our already established plans to seek office space outside of the high school, we feel that this is a unique opportunity to address several identified issues at one time.”

Voter turnout was 906.