PRS Breaks Ground


The Town of Pike Road will be breaking ground on the first campus of its municipal school system Friday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m. in The Waters community off Marler Road. The event is open to the public.
The groundbreaking ceremony will feature remarks from a number of individuals whose involvement has been critical to the progress of the school project since its inception. Among them, Mayor Gordon Stone, former Mayors Wayne Rabren and Judy Rittenour, members of the Pike Road School Board and former State Superintendent of Education Dr. Ed Richardson, who has helped lead the school project for the past two years. The program will conclude with the ceremonial breaking of ground overlooking the future school site.
Weather permitting, construction is scheduled to begin in the next few days on the school site, which is adjacent to The Waters community. The parcel was donated to the town by its owners for use as a school site. The first school building was designed by Infinity Architecture, and Volkert, Inc., will be overseeing the construction process. It is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2015.
“This is certainly one of the most momentous events that has taken place in the Town of Pike Road’s brief history, and we are grateful and excited to approach this milestone,” said Mayor Gordon Stone. “The groundbreaking and construction of this first campus of the Pike Road School System is the culmination of many years of vision and effort, and we hope to honor those whose work has brought us to this point and also encourage those who will carry the torch forward.”
Pike Road School Board President Ray Hawthorne, who will speak at Friday’s event, echoed the mayor’s enthusiasm.
“We are all truly blessed to have this opportunity to begin the process of building our new school,” said Hawthorne. ·so much time, effort and preparation has gone into this endeavor, by both the town and the school board, which I know will ensure the school’s success. This Friday’s ceremony brings us one step closer to a stronger sense of community in a Pike Road School System that all will enjoy.”
The Pike Road School System was identified as a goal by citizens in a strategic planning exercise in 2005. An education committee began meeting shortly thereafter to research and design the school’s curriculum. The school system was legally established in December 2010 through passage of a resolution to separate from the Montgomery Public Schools. The first school board was appointed in May 2013, and the formal separation agreement was finalized in October. When the school opens in August 2015, it will serve kindergarten through eighth grades, with an additional grade level added each subsequent year. All homes within the town’s municipal limits will be zoned for the Pike Road system.
For further information, contact Gordon Stone or Mary Catherine Gaston at 272-9883.

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