Carroll-Oakland Elementary School celebrated a special day in its history Thursday with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new addition to the school.
“This day has been a long time coming,” said principal Carol Ferrell. She then addressed the students in attendance.
“This day is all about you,” she said, “so you can learn more and grow more.”
The addition, when completed, will give the school 12 new classrooms, as well as a new gymnasium and kitchen area. Jason Morris, architect with Kaatz, Binkley, Jones and Morris, said, “I’d like to ask that you bear with us for the next 12 months. There’s going to be some frustration, but you’re going to be pleased with the results.”
“I’m still in awe of what’s happening in this county,” said Director of Schools Donna Wright, less than one month into her new position. “I commend the county commission and school board for working together for what’s best for our children.”
Ferrell asked for current and former teachers at Caroll-Oakland, as well as current and former students at the school to stand and be recognized.
“These students and teachers have made do with what they have here,” said Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. “I think by the crowd you see here today, people care about education. We appreciate the job you do day-in and day-out.”
At the end of the ceremony, school officials, county officials and members of the architectural team gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking.