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A groundbreaking was held Wednesday for a project that has been in the works for more than a decade.
A ceremony was held to kick off the construction for the new K-12 building for the Beaver Local School District. The project started in 2001, but it didn’t become a reality until 2012 with passage of a levy by voters.
The district will pay 38 percent of the $34 million cost, with the state picking up the rest. The project will combine five buildings into one, which will save the district money.
The building will have three distinct areas: an elementary wing, a high school wing and a middle school area. It also will have a central office area, a kitchen, two cafeterias, an arts wing that will include the visual arts and a music room for choir and band, an auditorium and three gymnasiums.
“We chose to go with the K-12 because presently we have three elementaries, a middle school and a high school. Our district is approxiamtely 144 square miles and we cover alot of miles with the buses, 99 percent of our students are bussed. We decided to have one central location to reduce our costs with heating and cooling,” said Beaver Local Superintendent Kent Polen.
Preliminary work will start shortly with construction of the building getting under way in the spring. First classes in the new school won’t be until fall 2015.