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March 12, 2014

Groundbreaking held for new school

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Shovels got slammed into the dirt Tuesday morning next door to Pleasant View Elementary School — and that dirt was turned over to start a new chapter for that school.

Superintendent Scott Paul, Board of Education members, contractors, some students and other Whitley County School employees gathered in the field next door to the school to officially break ground on the new school.

Board chairman Larry Lambdin addressed the crowd of approximately 50.

“This is a special day for the whole community of Pleasant View,” Lambdin said. “We’re very excited about it.”

The current school building was constructed in 1938 — and board members have worked for more than a year to get this project shovel-ready.

The work has already begun.

“You know, we are blessed with lots of natural resources — coal, gas, timber…” Lambdin said. “But the greatest resource we have is our children — if you ask a child what they want to be they’ll say doctor, or lawyer, a teacher or even a principal.”

All children have these dreams, he said.

“We want to be sure that each of those kids have the opportunity to achieve those dreams,” Lambdin said.

He explained when board members first saw this project, they were concerned the economy would have huge ramifications on the school system’s funding capabilities.

But with time and patience, Lambdin said board members were now able to “build the school the way we want.”

“When I grew up, Pleasant View was the center of the world,” Lambdin said. “And we’re ready to start moving dirt.”

With that, several people, including the board members, the superintendent, students and contractors, donned a white hardhat and stood behind the shovels.

And officially turned the dirt to begin building the new Pleasant View Elementary School.

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