On Monday, June 5th, Lebanon Community School Corporation broke ground on renovations at Harney Elementary School. An expanded cafeteria, a new STEM Lab and new gymnasium are just a few of the highlights. https://www.leb.k12.in.us/domain/559
“Welcome to this special day,” said Lebanon Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Jon Milleman. “’This is an exciting time for Lebanon Community School Corporation and especially an exciting day for Harney Elementary, as we get to break ground on a new and exciting building project here that is going to support our families and community for decades to come.”
“Oh my goodness, it is just dream to finally get to this point, after talking about it pre-COVID and through COVID,” said Dr. Janet Dye, Harney Elementary School Principal. “It’s just an amazing thing for the school and the school community to be touched and brought up to just a standard of modern. It will be just wonderful for us all.”
“It’s critical,” added Dr. Milleman. “Our students deserve that, our teachers deserve that. I think that it is interesting looking back, that we began this planning process in 2019. The LEAP (Lebanon) Project was not on anybody’s radar in 2019. It was not part of that conversation, but we had some foresight in thinking that the school corporation needed to add the capacity now while we had the opportunity to do that, and I think that is going to be a wise decision as we look back and think about that growth. I think it is going to be great for our current students, but also the students who are going to be coming to us from wherever they are located now.”
“There are going to be some inconveniences as a part of this, along with some noise, added Dr. Milleman. There will also be some dust, but when that dust settles, we are going to have some beautiful buildings. “
“It is all going to be worth it in the end,” said Dr. Dye. “It is kind of like building a house, you start from the ground up. We have existing, so we are for the most part remodeling. I wish Joanna Gaines were here so that we could do the big reveal at the end, but it is one of those things that we do absolutely know that a little pain up front to have the wonderfulness after.”
“These are generational changes,” said Dr. Milleman. “This building was built in 1957. Multiple generations have gone through Harney, and this is the next phase and the next set of generations through the new remodeled Harney Elementary. It is the same thing for Perry Worth, and the same thing for the Middle School. To be able to be a small part of this generational change is incredibly satisfying for the community.”
A similar groundbreaking will be held on Monday, Jun2 12th, to kickoff improvements at Perry Worth Elementary School.