Cassville Intermediate School students, teachers and administrators gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future Cassville Intermediate School on Oct. 9.
"Your parents, board members and other staff members worked very hard and now a new intermediate school is in the very near future," said Jim Orrell, Cassville superintendent.
Dalton-Killinger began excavation work for the new 55,314-square-foot, two-level facility north of the old Rock Gym on Monday. The intermediate school will serve third, fourth and fifth grade students in the Cassville R-IV School District. The building will not be completed in time for current fifth grade students to attend classes in it, but students in lower grade levels will utilize the building during their intermediate school years, said Orrell.
"All of you third grade students will attend classes in a brand new school, and all third grade classes after you will attend school in the new intermediate school that will be located on this site," said Orrell.
The Cassville School board accepted a $5,019,571 bid from contractor Dalton-Killinger in September. The bid came in lower than architect's estimates.
The low bid cost and increased capital improvement funds allowed the district to expand the intermediate school project to include seven new classrooms for third grade students.
When completed, the new intermediate building will include 28 classrooms, a cafeteria, a kitchen, restrooms, a nurse's office, a work room, a media center and an office area.
"Mike Bower (Dalton-Killinger foreman) promises me that this will be a school you will be proud of," said Orrell. "This is an exciting time to be a Wildcat. When you go home tonight, thank your parents for supporting the Cassville R-IV School District and a new intermediate school."
Although Orrell did not have an official completion date for the new intermediate building project, he told students to keep their eyes on the construction progress.
"Stay tuned to the construction work, and you will have as good of an idea as the rest of us of when you will be able to pick up your desk and move your books over into your brand new intermediate school building," said Orrell.
The new intermediate school will be partially funded by the $7.1 million bond issue that district voters approved in April. The building project, which includes the construction of the new intermediate school and additions at the Cassville High School campus, will be supplemented by district funds.
Construction crews began working on the classroom addition and new agriculture and technology facility at the high school in June. The high school additions will cost the district $2,117,000.