CAREY - Faculty, staff, administration and students of Carey Exempted Village Schools, along with community leaders and members, came out in celebration Friday for the groundbreaking of the district's new K-12 school building.
The ceremony kicked off with a performance by the high school band.
Superintendent Michael Wank welcomed the audience with a "thank you."
Wank also thanked the representatives to the many groups that had orchestrated the building to become a reality.
"This day is not just about a new building, but about the children," he said.
A 6.5-mill bond issue had been approved in May 2013 for the building of a new K-12 building. The building is to be completed in 2016.
Wank had said the building was aging and it was time and cheaper to build a new one.
During the ceremony, Wank said, "(This building) represents how much the community has faith, hope and love for the young people. ... It shows how much the community believes in (the students) talent and ability. Along with willingness to sacrifice to make their dreams of this building become a reality."
Wank added, "The youth of Carey are our future."
Students Taylor Watkins, Ally Ruehle and Serenity Hooper are to be part of Carey's class of 2017, the first class to graduate from the new building.
"It is a good idea. It is nice to finally have a new building," Watkins said.
Also after the ceremony, Ruehle said she is "excited."
"We didn't have much in the old building," Ruehle said.
Board of education president Mike Roszman also spoke during the ceremony Friday. He said, "The community today stands united."
The construction of a new building is due to the long history of community support for a quality education, Roszman said.
Roszman said students are to benefit by being able to continue to have a well rounded education with quality technology and learning material to help meet the needs of the demanding workforce.
The opportunities brought out of this project are to provided for the students, "now, tomorrow and for many years to come," Roszman said.
Other representatives that gave remarks during the ceremony Friday were Carey village Mayor Steve Smalley; Ron Dun chamber of commerce director; Stacey Coble of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commisssion; Fanning Howey Project Architect Doug Rich; and Construction Manager for Cilbane Building Co. Chad Stevens.