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Groundbreaking ceremony is official start of Oak Grove construction

Posted on: June 1, 2018

Construction on the new Oak Grove Elementary School will start as soon as school ends. To kick off the project, the school held an official groundbreaking ceremony at the school on June 1.

The event was the second groundbreaking for new construction funded by the 2017 bond measure. The groundbreaking at the new Meadow Ridge Elementary School was April 25.

As with Meadow Ridge, the event was an opportunity to thank voters for approving the bond and to acknowledge the many people who are on the project team or part of the design and approval process. It was also a chance for students to participate at the earliest stages of the new school construction process. The Oak Grove choir sang The Star Spangled Banner, and selected students helped with a ceremonial shovel of dirt.

Superintendent Tonja Everest acknowledged the following dignitaries:

Chair of Benton County Supervisors: Xanthippe Augerot
Board Members: Chair Smith, Vice Chair Ward, Director Butzner
HMKCo: David McKay, Program Director;  Steve Earle, Project Manager
gLAs Architects: Jesse Grant, Architect; Trace Ward, Architect; Robin He, Architectural Designer
Gerding Builders: Tom Gerding, President; Ryan McAlister, Pre-Construction Manager; Jorge Juarez-Hernandez, Project Manager;  Michelle Goodrick, Marketing Manager

Watch the Facebook video from this morning’s event.

Oak Grove Choir Students at the Oak Grove groundbreaking ceremony. Speaker at the Oak Grove groundbreaking ceremony. Oak Grove Choir Students shoveling dirt. Students waiting to shovel dirt. Students waiting to shovel dirt. Students waiting to shovel dirt. Men carrying shovels.