Garrettsville – Six shiny, brand-new TRUPER shovels. Hard hats. A pile of dirt brought in and lined up especially for the occasion. Students, educators & administrators, township trustees, construction officials dignitaries interested citizens. Photo opportunities—with or without dirt—of all sorts. A backdrop of soil on the move, big machines, flagged stakes, safety fencing, a changing façade of the elementary school as its addition takes shape. The Marching Pride.
They were all there on the official groundbreaking ceremony held on May 8, 2014 at the James A. Garfield K-6 Elementary School Addition. Board president Guy Pietra managed introductions and recognitions The governor sent a liaison, Tim Ross, with a proclamation. The superintendent spoke of the challenges of the construction, the expectations and resources as part of the project overview. Grace Edwards, a 5th grade student, brought a historical viewpoint and an appreciation of the Park Avenue school. Andy Lininger and Laura Wilburn spoke of the skills learned , mentors encountered, groundwork laid in the elementary school for future success. Mayor Rick Patrick offered the description of the occasion as a milestone. Bob McAuliffe, Jr. of the Hammond Construction Company made reference to the teamwork involved in the whole enterprise. Superintendent Ted Lysiak encouraged all in attendance to cherish the memories and remember the path of the changes leading to tomorrow with educators as builders. Board vice president David Vincent gave closing remarks and thanks. Then it was on to the shovels!
And refreshments, of course.