School Breaks Ground

L-R: Jon Humphrey, VP Rick Scott Construction; Cathey Forrest, board member; Brad Mount, board vice president; George Moore, board president; Clark McKeon, superintendent; Wade Sherrick, board member; and Brian Mooney, board clerk

WELCH—The Welch board of education held a groundbreaking ceremony, Tue., Nov. 8, 2011, for a middle school addition and cafeteria expansion project.

The classroom addition includes construction of six new classrooms to house sixth-eighth grade students.  The cafeteria expansion includes adding square footage to the cafeteria seating area and expansion and remodeling of the kitchen.  The district is employing Rick Scott Construction as construction manager to oversee the project.

Apr. 5, 2011, voters of Welch approved a $2,750,000 bond issue to fund the middle school addition, cafeteria expansion, HVAC renovation, and fluorescent lighting renovation projects.  Over the course of last summer, the HVAC and fluorescent lighting renovation projects were completed in the elementary and high school buildings.

Construction on the middle school addition and cafeteria expansion has now begun and will continue throughout the school year.  This phase of the capital improvement project will be completed by Aug. 2012, in time for classes to begin next school year.

“Welch has a heritage of high expectations and a good school.  The 81% approval rate of the bond issue is proof positive that the voters of Welch consider quality education a high priority,” said district superintendent, Dr. Clark McKeon.  “This is an exciting time at WPS.”