Board cuts ribbon for new elementary/junior high addition in Manlius
MANLIUS — Smelling of fresh paint and new carpet, the new addition at Bureau Valley High School is ready for the upcoming school year.
Members of the Bureau Valley School Board gathered Friday afternoon for a ribbon-cutting ceremony just as crews were putting the final touches on their last projects in preparation for the weekend public tours.
Friday’s short ceremony drew a small crowd at the entrance of the new junior high/elementary school, which will be home to third grades through fifth grades from the old Buda school and sixth grades through eighth grades from both Buda and Walnut junior high schools.
Superintendent Jason Stabler welcomed those in attendance and said the project has come together just in time.
“Hopefully, he can get the construction trucks out of here and the school buses in. That’s the key. That’s the plan,” he said.
Stabler introduced Don King, former school board president, who led the board through the building referendum, approved by voters in March 2018, which made this project possible.
King came prepared with a long list of individuals and groups who helped pull together a successful building plan.
“To have a project of this magnitude in small, rural America, it takes a lot of people. There were so many good people who were a part of it, supportive, and did a lot of hard work and put a lot of equity into it,” he said. “The proudest day I think I’m going to see is the day you open the door and the students come in.”
His expressed gratitude to the former board of education, the current board of education, taxpayers, voters, teachers, staff, administration, students, the Bureau Valley Teachers Association, the referendum committee, the district’s architect, Midwest Construction Professionals (MCP) and the Bureau Valley family — “the people who show up to everything. The ones who, if you stick them, they bleed blue,” King said.
Current board president Justin Yepsen also recognized all the people behind the scenes who helped turn the hard work of a referendum into reality. On behalf of the board, he expressed appreciation for the MCP group, which eased difficult decisions during the construction phase.
“To all the people who were a part of the group building it, I give one heck of an attitude. … It was a good working environment,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the first day of school when the kids get to see it.”
The first day of school at Bureau Valley is Monday, Aug. 19.