Students and staff welcome the opening of new Allenstown K-8 school

Allenstown Community School Principal Shannon Kruger gives a high five to second grader Mason Pieberl as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility.

Allenstown Community School Principal Shannon Kruger gives a high five to second grader Mason Pieberl as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

Jake Bouchard of Advantage Signs  attaches a poster in honor of former Superintendent Peter H. Warburton at the stage and gymnasium at the Allenstown Community School on Friday, May 3, 2024. Warburton died a year ago and they dedicated the stage to him.

Jake Bouchard of Advantage Signs attaches a poster in honor of former Superintendent Peter H. Warburton at the stage and gymnasium at the Allenstown Community School on Friday, May 3, 2024. Warburton died a year ago and they dedicated the stage to him. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Allenstown Community School Principal Shannon Kruger directs as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility.  Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee.

Allenstown Community School Principal Shannon Kruger directs as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility. Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Allenstown Community School teacher Kim Foss asks a question to her class on the first day of school at the new facility on Friday, May 3, 2024.

Allenstown Community School teacher Kim Foss asks a question to her class on the first day of school at the new facility on Friday, May 3, 2024. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

The student’s backpacks and coats line the hallways of the Allenstown Community School on the first day of classes on Friday, May 3, 2024.

The student’s backpacks and coats line the hallways of the Allenstown Community School on the first day of classes on Friday, May 3, 2024. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Allenstown Community School second grader Mason Pieberl puts on the tee shirt kids got as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility.  Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee.

Allenstown Community School second grader Mason Pieberl puts on the tee shirt kids got as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility. Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Allenstown Community School second grader Mason Pieberl shows the tee shirts kids got as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility.  Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee.

Allenstown Community School second grader Mason Pieberl shows the tee shirts kids got as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility. Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Allenstown Community School second grader Mason Pieberl looks up at the drone as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility.  Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee.

Allenstown Community School second grader Mason Pieberl looks up at the drone as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility. Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Allenstown Community School Principal Shannon Kruger (right) directs as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility.  Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee.

Allenstown Community School Principal Shannon Kruger (right) directs as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility. Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Allenstown Community School second grader Mason Pieberl shows the tee shirts kids got as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility.  Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee.

Allenstown Community School second grader Mason Pieberl shows the tee shirts kids got as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility. Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Allenstown Community School Principal Shannon Kruger directs as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility.  Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee.

Allenstown Community School Principal Shannon Kruger directs as students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility. Faculty wore black tee shirts commorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

LEFT: Allenstown Community School students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility. Faculty wore black tee shirts commemorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee.

LEFT: Allenstown Community School students and faculty gather for a drone photo outside the school on the first day of classes at the new facility. Faculty wore black tee shirts commemorating the first day of school and the students wore white tee shirts given by a school employee.

ABOVE: Allenstown Community School third grader Riley Curry (center) is among those raising a hand to answer a math question in teacher Kim Foss’s class on the first day of school at the new facility.

ABOVE: Allenstown Community School third grader Riley Curry (center) is among those raising a hand to answer a math question in teacher Kim Foss’s class on the first day of school at the new facility.

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Monitor staff

Published: 05-05-2024 10:32 AM

Five years after planning for a new school building in Allenstown began and 19 months after builders broke ground at 171 River Road, the Allenstown Community School opened on Friday.

The big day was celebrated with white shirts emblazoned with Allenstown’s eagles mascot, morning drone photos, and a whole lot of excitement.

At an after-school ribbon cutting ceremony, the Allenstown community dedicated the new school’s stage to former Superintendent Peter Warburton.

The 83,000-square-foot school building houses all kindergarten through eighth grade students in the Allenstown. Previously, elementary students attended Allenstown Elementary and middle schoolers went to Armand R. Dupont. Allenstown high schoolers attend Pembroke Academy.

Students got their first glimpse at their new school in late April.

 

 

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