Voters went back to the polls on Wednesday, Oct. 29, approving the new building by a 673-486 margin. Although April 1, 1987 was a tentative date for construction, actual groundbreaking took place on Monday, Aug. 3. On hand was Gordon Hammond, retiring superintendent, and Bruce Burritt, incoming superintendent.
School custodians and students were seen moving furniture and other items from the old building into the new one during the week of Aug. 15, 1988. Students, 452 in all, began the school year in the new building, while construction continued until the end of September. There was more than twice the space in the new school than in the old one.
The school was dedicated on Saturday, Nov. 19, 1988. Following the ceremony, students gave tours of the two-story, L-shaped building.
This weekend: The first patients to Binghamton’s inebriate asylum were admitted 150 years ago this month.
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