After more than 50 years, Skelly Elementary School is going to move. Not far, though, as the new Skelly building is going to be constructed on part of what is the present school’s playground.
Last Friday, USD 490 administrators, teachers, students, board members and supporters gathered at the site of the new school for a groundbreaking ceremony.
“Do you know that where you are sitting right now is where the corner of your new gym is going to be?” Superintendent Sue Givens asked the assembled students.
Givens thanked the school board, builders, architects, volunteers and voters who have all helped bring the dream of a new school to fruition.
“We have a great community that supported this,” she said.
“I applaud everybody that came out and voted for the school bond,” said Board Vice President Dan Ingalls. “Today we are here to celebrate the groundbreaking of Skelly.”
After the new school building is complete, Washington and Skelly schools will be combined into one K-5 school.
KIDS Committee member Dave Sundgren also addressed those who gathered to witness the groundbreaking.
“The KIDS Committee never gave up,” he said of the group that went around town asking for support of the bond issue that passed last November. “They had the motto, ‘Great schools make great communities.’ The board of education had the courage to go forward with this during tough economic times.”
He also thanked the voters for making the new school possible.