On a bitterly cold Sunday afternoon, many Camdenton R-III school district officials and the Board of Education faced the chilly outdoor conditions to commemorate the beginning of two major projects for the district. Groundbreaking ceremonies for Osage Beach Elementary at its new location on Nichols Road and for Hurricane Deck Elementary at its current location were held on Sunday, Nov. 24.
On a bitterly cold Sunday afternoon, many Camdenton R-III school district officials and the Board of Education faced the chilly outdoor conditions to commemorate the beginning of two major projects for the district. Groundbreaking ceremonies for Osage Beach Elementary at its new location on Nichols Road and for Hurricane Deck Elementary at its current location were held on Sunday, Nov. 24. Both ceremonies were short photo opportunities. Larger dedication ceremonies will be held when the projects are complete.
Many dignitaries including Osage Beach Mayor Penny Lyons and Alderman Kevin Rucker were present at Osage Beach Elementary while Chairman of the Board of Trustees Curt Mooney and Village planner Roger Corbin were present at the Sunrise Beach groundbreaking. Representatives from the architectural firm and general contractors were also present.
These two major projects were made possible when voters allowed the district to reallocate funds during the April election.
"We are very excited that our community supported the issue in the April election and now we are beginning to see the actual construction of both projects. We are excited about that but the most exciting day will the first day will be the day the students are in the facility," Superintendent Tim Hadfield said.
Staff members from each building were present at the groundbreaking and showed their excitement by cheering at each site according to Hadfield.
"Our staff is excited and looking forward to actually being able to teach and instruct in these new facilities for our kids," Hadfield added.
For Hurricane Deck Principal Christy Glodt, this project has been a long time coming.
"We have been waiting a long time for this. Getting started will be very exciting," Glodt said.
Unlike Osage Beach Elementary, Hurricane Deck will have to be creative on how they continue business as usual with construction happening on campus.
"As a staff, we have talked about it and what we keep telling the kids is that it is a short time problem to fix a long term one," Glodt added.
Osage Beach Elementary staff are also very anxious to get in their new building.
"The groundbreaking on Nov. 24 has our entire staff excited. We wish that the new building was already complete and ready to move into, but we are focused on the light at the end of the tunnel and the opportunities the new building will provide for our students, community and staff," Osage Beach Elementary Principal Renee Slack said. "Seeing all of the community and parental support for the project and our students makes us proud to be Lakers."
For both schools, the support from the communities has been tremendous.
"We have gotten a huge support from the community and I want them to know how much we appreciate it. We feel very well loved here and we appreciate it," Glodt said.
According to Hadfield, contracts with the general contractors are currently being finalized. Excavation is scheduled to begin sometime in December.