History was made last night as the ground was broken on the more than 14-million dollar Madison High School renovation project. Work is expected to start today on the project that School Board President Tom Farrell told the crowd in attendance last night started with discussions several years ago.
Representatives from the school board, faculty and staff, students, as well as some of the contractors involved with the project and others were recognized during the groundbreaking ceremony before getting a chance to shovel the ceremonial dirt. A couple of the shovels used last night were used in the groundbreaking of the original high school back in 1964.
One of the special guests last night was Kevin Shan – a 12-year-old representing the graduating class of 2018 – the first class who will go all four years of high school in the newly renovated facility. Shan is excited to take it all in.
Farrell said that the community will definitely notice the activity that will be getting started on the building.
The Henry Carlson Company is serving as the construction manager for the Madison High School renovation project. The Madison City Commission last evening also approved a request from the Madison Central school board to waive the building permit fee for the project. Superintendent Vince Schaefer said that is estimated at around 24-thousand dollars. City officials said the fee was also waived previously on the school district’s elementary school project several years ago.
Some pictures from Monday night's groundbreaking can be found here.