Ground bro­ken for new NDHS

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

SHILOH — The North Dorch­ester com­mu­nity cel­e­brated com­mence­ment of the new North Dorch­ester High School con­struc­tion project with a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony on Thurs­day, Sept. 29.

A bit of bad weather could not dampen the ex­cite­ment for this mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion. Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Dr. Henry V. Wag­ner, board of ed­u­ca­tion mem­bers, project team mem­bers, and state and local dig­ni­taries grabbed shov­els and hard hats to cer­e­mo­ni­ously break ground.

“To­day be­longs to the fa­cil­ity and fi­nan­cial plan­ners who worked painstak­ingly to solve those de­sign and re­source chal­lenges,” said

Wag­ner. “To­day be­longs to the local and state lead­ers who have had the courage to make po­ten­tially risky de­ci­sions at key points along the way.

“Most of all, to­day be­longs to the very pa­tient, very hope­ful North Dorch­ester High School com­mu­nity. That is, the stu­dents, par­ents, staff, ad­min­is­tra­tion and alumni who knew that their faith and per­sis­tence would ul­ti­mately be re­warded.”

Two classes of stu­dents were in at­ten­dance for the cer­e­mony: the cur­rent fresh­men, class of 2020, who will be the first class to grad­u­ate from the new school build­ing, and the cur­rent sixth-grade class, which will be the first class to ex­pe­ri­ence all four years of high school in the new build­ing.

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot was also in at­ten­dance, and he praised Dorch­ester County’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the im­pres­sion they made on the Board of Pub­lic Works when they pe­ti­tioned for the new North Dorch­ester High School project.

“Since 1959, this build­ing has ed­u­cated stu­dents of north Dorch­ester County, pro­vid­ing you will the skills and knowl­edge nec­es­sary to suc­ceed,” said Fran­chot. “Af­ter 62 years of op­er­a­tion, it’s time we build a new high school, one that will ad­e­quately ac­com­mo­date a thriv­ing pop­u­la­tion in Dorch­ester County, a school with the tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments that will al­low stu­dents to com­pete in 21st cen­tury global econ­omy.”

Fran­chot has vis­ited the cur­rent North Dorch­ester High School fa­cil­ity several times.

Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Pres­i­dent Philip Bram­ble and County Council Pres­i­dent Ricky Travers also of­fered re­marks and ex­pressed ex­cite­ment for the project ahead.

Mary­land State Sen. Ad­die Eckardt and Del­e­gates Chris Adams and Johnny Mautz de­liv­ered ci­ta­tions on be­half of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly. Deputy State Su­per­in­ten­dent for School Ef­fec­tive­ness Dr. Sylvia Law­son de­liv­ered a ci­ta­tion from the of­fice of Gov. Larry Ho­gan.

The new North Dorch­ester High School project was ap­proved by the county council in June 2014 and by the state Board of Pub­lic Works in Oc­to­ber 2014. Many peo­ple have worked since to de­sign the build­ing and se­cure the re­sources nec­es­sary for con­struc­tion.

The build­ing is ex­pected to be com­plete in Au­gust 2019, in time for the class of 2020 to be­gin its se­nior year of high school. The pro­jected cost is $48.8 mil­lion.

The ar­chi­tec­tural team from Hord Co­plan Macht has de­signed a state-of-theart fa­cil­ity, and Whit­ingTurner Con­struc­tion will bring it to life for the North Dorch­ester com­mu­nity.

Com­pleted in 1954 to con­sol­i­date the Vi­enna, East New Mar­ket and Hur­lock high schools, the cur­rent high school fa­cil­ity will have served the area for 65 years.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

The Dorch­ester County com­mu­nity cel­e­brated a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for the new North Dorch­ester High School on Thurs­day, Sept. 29.

PHOTOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

The Dorch­ester County com­mu­nity cel­e­brated a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for the new North Dorch­ester High School on Thurs­day, Sept. 29.

A bit of rain wouldn’t stop the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion. The new NDHS ground­break­ing cer­e­mony was held in­side the cur­rent au­di­to­rium.

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot de­liv­er­ing his re­marks at the new NDHS ground­break­ing cer­e­mony.

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