Groundbreaking at Increase Miller!

District's Capital Improvement Project Begins

Their shovels sent clumps of earth - and hopes for the future - flying! The June 24 groundbreaking at Increase Miller Elementary was a milestone in the District's Capitol Improvement Project.

Fifth grader Gavin Danelewich; his older brother Owen, an Increase Miller alum and rising freshman at John Jay High School; their dad Jim Danelewich, a member of the Board of Education’s Facilities Committee; and Increase Miller’s Head Custodian Rich Wilson, Jr.—a proud IMES grad—stood at the edge of what would be the school’s new wing and dug in.

The work at Increase Miller Elementary commenced on June 27. The result will give the school much needed and improved classrooms and learning spaces. 

Shovelfuls of excitement

District's architects, facilities and business office dig in

Milestone in Visionary Project

Assistant Superintendent Lisa Herlihy, Director of Facilities Mike Lavoie, and KG+D President Russ Davidson and Project Manager Rich Markgraf did another round of shoveling. “This is the only groundbreaking of the District’s Capitol Improvement Project,” said Assistant Superintendent Herlihy, “all other renovation is internal.”

The first round of shoveling was done by Increase Miller’s Assistant Principal Dr. Michael Weschler, Board member and Facilities Committee Chair Marjorie Schiff, Superintendent Andrew Selesnick, former Board member and Facilities Committee Chair Elizabeth Gereghty, Board member Lorraine Gallagher and Increase Miller Principal Kerry Ford. The earth was packed, but they were committed to the task.

Thank you to the Facilities Committee and many others

“I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of a generation of decision makers for Katonah-Lewisboro Schools at a time when circumstances aligned such that we can break ground together at Increase Miller Elementary today,” said Schiff. “It is an honor and a privilege to celebrate this milestone and to say thank you on behalf of the Board of Education to all of you and to thank the entire Katonah-Lewisboro Schools community for supporting this investment in our schools and community.”

Schiff closed with this quote from Winston Churchill: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” 

Superintendent Selesnick, Building Administrators & Board members