Like a teacher in command at the podium Butler County superintendent Mike Looney gave instructions to county and city leaders to break ground during ceremonies today. Looney cheered, students applauded and paved the way for the new W.O. Parmer Elementary School.
Third grader Joseph Price couldn't be happier.
"I think it'll help us in the future," said Price.
This is a huge deal for the county school district.
"This is the largest series of construction projects in the history of the Butler County school district," said Looney.
Construction projects costing around $30 million. More than $6 million for the first phase of the new Parmer Elementary School. $15 million for a new school in Georgiana and renovations for other county schools. To pay for it all the 3 towns in Butler County levied a sales tax or pledged part of a sales tax that was already on the books. The new W.O. Parmer Elementary School will open one year from now, and the new Georgiana school should be finished in August of 2009.
"I can think of no noble cause to provide boys and girls with safe and modern facilities," said Looney.
At first glance it looks as though the old Parmer school and Greenville Elementary appear to be in good shape. Not so according to Looney who maintains both schools are outdated, old and cramped.. just like the school in Georgiana.
"The buildings behind me were built in the 1900s. They don't have the infrastructure we need for technology," Looney said.
From the superintendent on down to Joseph Price, all smiles today in the Butler County school community.