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Hard hats, shiny shovels mark official start of CHS buildings

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School board members, staff and students celebrate the start of the construction for thefieldhouse and administration building Thursday at Connersville High School.
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Fayette County School Corp. Superintendent Scott Collins addresses students and staff members at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Connersville High School fieldhouse and administration building on Thursday.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Students, school staff and school board members gathered Thursday at Connersville High School for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new fieldhouse and administration building. 

Preliminary work has already started on the new buildings but Thursday marked the official groundbreaking.

“You may say the ground is already broken,” Scott Collins, Fayette County School Corporation superintendent said. “Technically it is, but this is a really nice way to celebrate this moment as we really get busy on building this.”

The buildings will start to go up in the week of spring break, March 25-29, Collins said. The foundation and structures of the fieldhouse and administration building are expected to be up in April.

“We are always improving things for our students and staff,” Leslie Jacobs, school board president said. “The fieldhouse will enclose our courtyard; unfortunately, in the world we live in, safety has got to be our number one.”

The ceremony ended with school board members, students and staff wearing hard hats and wielding shiny shovels that they used to “break” the ground for construction.

“We really couldn’t have done this without the tremendous support of our school board and community in all that they do to support you (CHS students),” Collins said.

“You (CHS students) are the most important people that we work for and represent each day, and I’m excited for this project to begin,” Collins said.

The fieldhouse will cost about $5 million and the new administration office will be about $430,000.