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Huge crowd attends Ridgemont PreK-12 groundbreaking (Audio & video included)

Students help break ground.Ridgemont hosted a groundbreaking for its PreK-12 building in Mt. Victory Sunday afternoon.

Nearly 300 residents and community leaders attended the event at 560 West Taylor Street (State Route 273).

The Ohio School Facilities Commission project became a reality after voters approved a bond issue in March 2012.

The state will pay for 76 percent of the 21 million dollar project.

The 40-acre property was donated by the Elliott family.

They were formally recognized and given a framed The Elliott family is honored."R" varsity letter.

Superintendent Emmy Beeson emceed the groundbreaking.

She thanked the school board, staff, and community members for their contributions through the planning phase.

The two-story building will feature pods for K-3, 4-6, and 7-12.

The pods in grades 7-12 are designed for content area. Math, science, and Ag are together. Social studies, language arts, and arts are grouped together. The subjects will be integrated based on content standards.

A rendering of the new building.The 88,000 square-foot facility will offer extended learning spaces. This will allow multiple grades to work together and provide space for service learning projects.

The building, designed by SHP Leading Design, can serve up to 525 students.

Smoot, Elford, McDaniels is the construction manager.

Adena Corporation from Mansfield is the general contractor. They have done over 30 school building projects in Ohio over the last decade. Adena just completed the Marion Elgin K-12 facility last summer.

The Ridgemont High School Band played the school fight song and Star Spangled Banner before the groundbreaking.

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Watch the band play the fight song.

The colors were presented by Cub Scout Pack 131 from Mt. Victory.

The first class of seniors (2016) and kindergartners (2028) participated in the groundbreaking.

The project should be done by August 2015.

Funds have been set aside to demolish the elementary school in Mt. Victory and half of the high school in Ridgeway.

Part of the high school may be kept for athletic purposes.

Listen to Beeson recap the groundbreaking and describe the new facility.

Listen to Board President Eric Hill reflect on the historic day.

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