By Dave Ongie, News Editor
During a community open house and dedication of the new Boones Creek School last Saturday morning, Jordan Hughes – the school’s principal – rattled off all the technology contained inside the state-of-the-art building that will house students from pre-K through eighth grade.
“You name it, we’ve got it,” Hughes said.
But Hughes went on to explain technology is merely a tool to be used by the dedicated professionals who will begin propelling students into the future when classes begin on Aug. 5. “The people in the building make the school,” she said.
The Boones Creek community turned out in full force on Saturday for the open house, which included speeches, the dedication of a new American flag by the Daniel Boone JROTC, a ribbon cutting, tours of the school, food trucks and the burial of a time capsule to commemorate the event.
While the opening of the $28 million facility – which now ranks as the largest school in Washington County at 133,000 square feet – is a bold step into the future, Hughes noted the rich heritage of the Boones Creek community, which traces its history back over 250 years. She was hopeful the new school, which retains the “Bar” mascot, will be able to continue the tradition built at the previous elementary and middle schools.
During his remarks, Washington County mayor Joe Grandy applauded the funding plan for the school. Grandy said less than $16 million was borrowed, and that he expects the new school to be paid off in 12 years.
With 60 classrooms and so much square footage, Washington County director of schools Bill Flanary presented Hughes with a gift – a skateboard to help her get around the new facility.