Westlake Schools Break Ground for New Elementary Building

Westlake students who will be among the first to attend the new PreK-4 Elementary School going up next to Porter Library took part in groundbreaking ceremonies Monday afternoon.

The Westlake City School District held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the construction project for the new elementary school building that will rise on the grounds adjacent to Westlake Porter Library.

The new building will serve Pre-K through fourth-grade students. It is set to open for the 2019-2020 school year. It will replace Holly Lane, Hilliard, Dover and Bassett Elementary Schools.

“We are excited to begin the next chapter in our district’s history of delivering educational excellence,” said Superintendent Scott Goggin at the Sept. 25 groundbreaking. “This new state-of-the-art facility will enable us to provide our students with the resources they need to thrive in a top-notch learning environment.”

The event included a symbolic turning of the dirt by the Citizens For Westlake Schools campaign team, Superintendent Scott Goggin, Board of Education members, Mayor Dennis Clough, City Council members, elementary school principals and staff representatives and elementary school students.

The event also included remarks by the Board of Education, Citizens For Westlake Schools Campaign Director Jenn Frey, Mayor Clough and Westlake students. There were performances from the elementary choir.

The groundbreaking ceremony initiates phase two of the Westlake City Schools Master Facilities Plan.

A tent packed with community members on hand to witness Monday’s groundbreaking.

“This project was made possible thanks to the commitment of the Board of Education and the efforts of the Citizens For Westlake Schools Campaign Committee,” said Goggin. “We thank the Westlake community for supporting our pursuit of excellence for all Westlake students.”

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, community members were invited to attend the Board of Education meeting at the Westlake Porter Public Library.

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