School, auditorium groundbreaking today
It's finally time to turn the ceremonial dirt at the site of the Lansing school district's new K-5 elementary school.
District officials will play host to a long-awaited ceremonial groundbreaking at noon today, Sept. 21, at the elementary school site on West Mary Street.
The ceremony also will commemorate the groundbreaking of the high school auditorium and band room, which will be built at the high school.
McPherson Contractors and its subcontractors began work last week on the project, which voters approved through a $23.6 million bond referendum in April 2005.
Local dignitaries and hundreds of schoolchildren are expected to attend.
Durham School Services has donated transportation for more than 600 Lansing Elementary School students who will visit the site of their new school, said superintendent Randal Bagby.
LES principal Tim Newton said administrators hoped the lunch-hour event would encourage participation while causing only minimal disruptions to class schedules.
To help keep the learning day on schedule, district food service staff will prepare sack lunches for the students to enjoy during the field trip.
"We want the kids to be part of something very important and then get back to business," Newton said.
In case of rain or muddy conditions, the ceremony will take place at the high school auditorium site.
The estimated completion date for the elementary school and high school band room is Dec. 10, 2007. The high school auditorium is scheduled to be completed Jan.15, 2008.