Demo, Reno Moving Forward

Ground Broken for Schools Renovation Project


By Dianne Alward-Biery
Cleaver Staff Writer

Copyright Clare County Cleaver

HARRISON – The Harrison Community Schools construction and technology upgrade project has been a long time on the drawing board. Work to raise classroom wall height in the middle school was done over spring break, and preliminary work has begun at the high school with the enclosing and remodeling of the auditorium, along with work in unused portions of the building. It has been nearly a year since passage of the school bond millage, and the ball that started rolling then has consistently picked up speed and is now poised to explode into a frenzy of work once school lets out for the summer. That work is slated for completion by the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Standing to be recognized for the group effort that made the bond issue succeed are Step Up For Our Kids Committee members, back row from left, Judy Pomerville, Ed Kerr, Joe Ashcroft, Rusty Govitz, Tim Danielak, Chris Taylor, Tom House and Justin Pomerville. In front, from left, are school board members Therese Haley, Roger Peterson, Dan Pechacek, superintendent Rick Foote, Angie Cullen and Chad Hathcock.

A great deal of behind-the-scenes diligence went into the successful outcome of the bond election, and many of the key players in that effort gathered April 19 at Harrison High School for an official groundbreaking ceremony. Attendees included school administrators, educators, members of the Step Up for Our Kids Committee, the HCS Board of Education, building designers and contractors, and others who are involved with student education and safety.

Board members and some Step Up members were presented with bright red construction helmets inscribed with their names. All seemed to appreciate the recognition which that ascribed.

Board of Education vice president Dan Pechacek inspects some of the construction drawings during the walk through of the project.

HCS Superintendent Rick Foote addressed the crowd, acknowledging all the cooperative effort required to bring the project into reality.

“Today is our official groundbreaking day,” Foote said. “Three years of a lot of hard work and planning. A lot of hard work by the Board and the citizens committee to pull off the great, great thing that happened last May. Almost a year ago we got great news in this community, and I just want to thank each and every one of you with the Step Up Committee that went out and worked on this. There were a lot of key individuals that did this. I want to thank the Board and also Mr. House who set me up with this three years ago, on his way out the door. Thank you all for being here.”

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Pictured is the stage area in the newly-enclosed auditorium which will boast sloped seating for 250. (Cleaver photos by Dianne Alward-Biery)

In short order it was time for the shiny silver shovels to do their symbolic work, and the Board members dug in.

After the ceremony, participants and attendees were invited into the high school to look over the current construction work and the changes which had been made thus far.

To stay informed on the progress of the project, photos are being posted on the school’s web page and Facebook page.