SPRINGFIELD — The School District of Springfield Township held the official groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for its new elementary school building Oct. 3.

The ceremony was held at the construction site, located at 300 Montgomery Ave. in Erdenheim.

More than 200 community residents, parents, children and staff members of the school district attended the ceremony.

Dr. Nancy Hacker, district superintendent, opened her remarks by thanking many of the individuals who contributed to the planning and design of the new school, including architects and engineers, township residents, parents and staff members who served on various committees. She also thanked the board of school directors, who helped to review the feasibility study and funding for the school, ultimately determining that construction of a new building would best serve the needs of students and staff. Hacker also recognized various township officials who assisted the district with securing required permits and approvals, as well as several notable dignitaries who were in attendance. These included state Sen. Art Haywood, D-4; state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-154; and township Commissioners Jeffrey Harbison, Michael Maxwell and Peter Wilson.

In addition to Hacker, Dr. Karen Taratuski, president of the board of school directors, welcomed the attendees and thanked them for their attendance and support. She highlighted the future school as a place where students will have opportunities for 21st century learning and skill development.

Gretchen Slapinsky, former board president and chair of the property committee of the board, spoke of the many years of planning and discussion that ultimately led to the decision to build a new school in the community.

After the remarks, Hacker led the officials in attendance with the ceremonial groundbreaking by shoveling mounds of dirt that had been set up.

Next, all of the children present, wearing bright yellow hard hats provided by D’Huy Engineering, had the chance to take a shovel and move dirt, as well. Many of these children will attend the new school once construction is completed, projected to be in the spring of 2020.

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