School officials break ground on bond project
Against a backdrop of mild rain, Lansing school district officials turned ceremonial dirt just after noon today at the site of Lansing High School's new auditorium and band room.
The ceremony commemorated a project created by a $23.6 million bond referendum approved by voters in April 2005 to build a new K-5 elementary school and an auditorium and band room at the high school.
Rain showers Thursday morning moved the ceremonial groundbreaking from the elementary school site on West Mary Street to the high school. And school officials canceled plans for more than 600 elementary schoolchildren to attend.
Despite the sprinkles, city officials and a handful of children joined Lansing school district officials in taking turns at the ceremonial gold shovels.
Bond supporters and board members originally expected the projects to be finished by August 2007. Completion dates are now estimated at Dec. 10, 2007, for the elementary school and high school band room, and Jan. 15, 2008, for the high school auditorium.
School board president Shelly Gowdy told the crowd she knew it had taken longer than some had anticipated getting the project off the ground.
"There were many hundreds of people who participated in study committees and bond election campaigns. And without all of the community's support, this today would not be possible," Gowdy said.