The past two weeks have been transformational ones for the Lebanon Community School Corporation. On Monday, June 5th, LCSC broke ground on renovations at Harney Elementary School. A week later, the ceremonial shovels took their “turn” at Perry-Worth Elementary.
“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.”
“I don’t think words can explain how excited we are,” said Perry-Worth Elementary Principal Amanda Moore. “You can just feel it in the air. Our smiles are just beaming, for the excitement. It’s been a long time coming, and just to be able to see the plans as well and just to see the future of what it will look like for our staff, for our teachers, for our students, and for our community, and the opportunities that the renovations will provide for our students.”
“It’s critical,” added Dr. Jon 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. “ “Hey, our theme for next year could be ‘All About Construction,” added Moore. Or it could be ‘Learning is in Progress,’ or ‘We are Building.’ We already shared that with the staff that if you want to jump on board with your own themes for your classrooms, it’s all about construction.”
“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 newly 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.”
Click the link to get complete LCSC elementary improvement details:A future groundbreaking is planned to celebrate the improvements set for Lebanon Middle School, as well as a new elementary school.