Fifteen golden shovels, a large swath of dirt and a yellow backhoe were the backdrop for the official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the district's new school. The district celebrated the milestone on Wednesday, May 2, with more than 100 people sharing this momentous occasion for North Powder School and the entire community. Superintendent Lance Dixon said that over 100 years ago, the citizens of North Powder had the foresight to break ground on the first school. "Tonight we start another important milestone for our students and families," Dixon said.
In addition to Dixon, Board Chair Justin Bingham spoke, thanking the district administration, staff, the bond PAC, board members, McCormack Construction Company, local businesses and community members for passing the bond so the school can be built and the district can continue its good work of educating children. Bingham said North Powder is a better town because of how willing people are to give, and students are better off because of this generosity, too.
Matt McElligott, who spent eight years on the school board, also had a chance to thank all those who have made the dream of a new school a reality, stating how important the school is to the continued success of North Powder. "This dream was put on a ballot, and the whole community has come together to make this dream a reality," he said.
The InterMountain Education Service District was represented by Larry Glaze, Director of Operations, who said several years ago he first came to speak with the board about a potential bond and it's wonderful to see it come to fruition.
Donna Beverage of the Union County Commissioners was the last speaker, stating the county supports North Powder one hundred percent.
After the speeches, a group of 15 people used the golden shovels to symbolically turn over the dirt, then handed them over to the young children in the crowd, who posed for photos on the site of their future school.