While the real earthwork is not scheduled to begin until next week, Leavenworth public schools had an official groundbreaking Thursday for a new intermediate center.

While the real earthwork is not scheduled to begin until next week, Leavenworth public schools had an official groundbreaking Thursday for a new intermediate center.

“It’s a great day,” Superintendent Mike Roth said. “It’s a great opportunity to really expose our kids to neat learning opportunities.”

Roth said the intermediate center, which will house all of the district’s fifth- and sixth-grade classes, will provide students with what he referred to as next generation learning opportunities in a safe, secure environment.

The intermediate center, which will be constructed to the north of Richard Warren Middle School, is one of the projects that will result from a $36.7 million bond issue that was approved by voters in June.

Also as a result of the bond issue, Lawson Elementary School will be converted into an early childhood center for the district’s prekindergarten and kindergarten classes. Improvements also are planned at other school buildings including a new security entrance at Leavenworth High School.

The two-story intermediate center will be connected to Warren Middle School by a commons area.

The new school is being referred to for now as the Leavenworth intermediate center, but the Leavenworth Board of Education has not yet approved an official name for the facility.

Several members of the school board participated in the groundbreaking Thursday by shoveling dirt.

A number of fourth- and fifth-graders from the district’s elementary schools were invited to shovel dirt for the ceremony as well as sixth-graders from the middle school.

Student ambassadors from the middle school also were in attendance.

Roth said having the students participate in the groundbreaking “symbolizes why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

Completion of the intermediate center is tentatively scheduled for December 2019.

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