Officials celebrate groundbreaking moment in Richmond County
County Supervisors and School Board Members, above, broke ground at the highly anticipated ceremony last week. Benjamin Simpson, PTA Vice-President, at right, with his daughter Zoey also had a chance to get their hands dirty at the ground-breaking.
After decades of debate and years of back and forth negotiations between the school board, supervisors, citizens and invested community parties, Richmond County broke ground at the site of one of their new school construction sites.
On Wed., Sept 11, county and school board members, students, citizens, architects, planners and construction teams joined to celebrate the county’s new school project which will consolidate the current system from a three- to a two-school district eliminating a middle school facility that many have deemed outdated and dilapidated.
It was a momentous occasion with speakers citing the hard work and cooperation between the county and the schools resulting in a project that will benefit all area children for generations to come.
The Richmond County JROTC Honor Guard kicked off the ceremony with their first public performance, presenting the colors, the Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance was led by School Board Chairman John Brown, a silent prayer was conducted by School Board Vice-Chair Brenda Pemberton who also recognized all of the honored guests, and speeches commemorating the momentous occasion were given by other local officials and invested parties.
The Elementary School is expected to be completed by Aug. 30, 2014 with the High School predicted to be finished by Feb. 20, 2015. The dedication of the new facilities will be announced at a later date.