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Ground Broken for FHS Transformation

Posted by Alan on August 12, 2010 4:23 PM | Filed in News |

groundbreak1.pngThe official groundbreaking ceremony for the Fayetteville High School transformation took place today (August 12, 2010) on the site of the old Bates Elementary School playground. A large crowd gathered for the ceremony, which included the FHS Band and spirit squads.

Here are some of comments made by speakers at the ceremony:

Superintendent Vicki Thomas: "Thanks to the leadership and vision of the Fayetteville School Board, we were able to secure $45 million in low- to no-interest Qualified School Construction Bonds in addition to making $2.5 million in cuts from our budget in order to fund Phase 1 of this project and make it a reality for our students."

School Board President Susan Heil: "In a few short years time, the commitment that Fayetteville has to education will once again shine, and our purple pride will not only be for the Bulldogs that play here, but it will also be for the 21st century learning environment provided by our schools."

City of Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan: "Today when we shovel dirt, we don't just shovel dirt, we shovel hope for the next generation of children to come on, generation to generation."

Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce President Steve Clark: "This is a ceremony to say we believe in these students here behind us... Today we say when we turn this dirt, we believe in you.  It's also a symbol to say we believe in our future.  But beyond that, it's also a symbol of our home.  In economic development, as we talk about the growth of our city, clearly, every time we speak to the quality of our city, we point to our schools, and we use it as a symbol of our home, of the spirit that makes us who we are and the belief in what we will become."

Student representatives from every class in the school district (FHS Class of 2011 thru 2024) turned the first shovels of dirt with help from the school board members and local dignitaries.

Click the links below to see photos from the ceremony:

Supt. Thomas begins the program
Mayor Jordan speaks to the crowd
Steve Clark speaks to the crowd
Students ready to break ground

For more photos from the event, see our Facebook page.