Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For New Corbin Primary School

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

Board members at an Eastern Kentucky school say they're breaking tradition, building a new school for the first time in thirty years.

It was like a day on the playground for these kindergarteners.

"That will be the first group that will graduate," said Dr. Carmel Wallace with the Corbin Board of Education.

With shovel in hand, these kids sifted through sand breaking ground at the future home of the Corbin Primary School.

"This is the first building since the high school was built in the mid 70's," Carmel said.

"We're just so happy to be here," said Debbie Cook with the Corbin Board of Education.

School board members say during the past five years, the number of students in kindergarten through second grade have been growing rapidly.

"I think we're up 200 from what we were last year," Cook said.

"So many people left here 30 to 40 years ago to go north because work wasn't available here. Now they're coming home in retirement, but their grandchildren are coming with them," said State Representative Carlie Siler.

The school is sixteen million dollar project which Siler says is worth it to educate and prepare students for the world of technology.

"They need to be educated for the jobs twenty years from now and beyond," Siler says.

The primary school is set to open in August of 2008, but school board members say they have bigger plans. They hope to eventually add a middle and high school here.

School board members say construction of the primary school will begin this week.


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