Hansen School Kicks-Off with Ground Breaking Ceremony

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A beautiful early Summer day greeted an intimate afternoon crowd gathered Monday, June 26, 2017 to witness the official ground-breaking ceremony for Peter Hansen Elementary School.

Four of the five Trustees for the Lammersville Unified School District were joined by district Superintendent, Dr. Kirk Nicholas, facing the crowd. Included were: Board President, David Pombo; and Trustees Matt Balzarini, Sharon Lampel and Anne Goodrich. The only trustee unable to attend (due to work schedules) was Trustee Colin Clements.

The crowd included officials and dignitaries on the local, regional, state and federal levels. Representing the Community Services District Board was Board Member and Youth Action Committee Chair, Bernice Tingle. County Supervisor from the fifth district, Bob Elliott, presented a certificate of achievement to the school district. Representatives from State Assembly Member Susan Eggman's office and State Senator Cathleen Galgiani's office were on-hand, as well.

The ceremony, itself, was quite brief. Dr. Nicholas spoke for a few minutes, followed by Board President Pombo, and Supervisor Elliott. "It took Fortitude of Leadership" to get things done, Dr. Nicholas stated.

Elliott described what a pleasure it is for him any time he gets to come out to Mountain House. In addition to the challenges of finding where the latest development, ribbon-cutting or ground-breaking is happening, he had nothing but praise for the community. "Growing, and great things are happening," he said.

Dr. Nicholas described brief the inspiration for the name of the school. Peter Hansen was a farmer in this area, and the driving force for establishing the original Lammersville School District in the mid-1800s. In describing the tremendous growth the community and the school district have seen, Nicholas stated that the district will be comprised of "about 5,000 students by the start of (this) school".

Ground-breaking then commenced, with various dignitaries as well as the folks from Roebbelen Construction, the firm chosen in the proposal process for this project, taking part.

The school itself will be a two-story construction in the "Modern Prairie" style. Equipped with the latest technology, Hansen School will no doubt be a prized gem in the region.

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