SMSD breaks ground on library and instructional addition

Shown Front row: Board Secretary ShaMekka Pratt-Simmons, Board President Ettienne Zak, Trustee Virginia Rosas, Mayor Leonard Scarcella, Mayor Pro-Tem Felecia Evans-Smith, Councilman Ken Mathew, Councilman Robert Sorbet, Councilman Fred Woolridge. Back Row: Trustee Cindy Hoelscher, Superintendent Lawrence Hindt, Board Vice-President Ed Castillo, SMSD Instructor and Facilities Task Force member Col. Thomas Ehlinger.

It was perfect weather Thursday, December 15, when the Stafford Municipal School District superintendent, SMSD School Board, City of Stafford Mayor and City Council members donned hardhats and picked up shovels to break ground for the district’s new library and high school instructional addition.

Superintendent Lawrence Hindt thanked the Stafford Community for approving a bond to transform the complex. Hindt said “it was great to begin my new job at SMSD with $49.9 million approved for facilities and technology.” Mayor Leonard Scarcella discussed his appreciation for the work that was done by everyone involved and said that his mother, Mrs. Margaret Havens, would be proud to see the library that bears her name enhanced to increase opportunities for the students and community’s use. SMSD School Board President Ettienne Zak discussed the long process involved in reaching this date and the positive results achieved from working together.

In May the Stafford community overwhelmingly approved four propositions totaling $49.9 million to support the district’s vision for transforming its secondary educational opportunities and facilities. Focusing on college or career readiness, the bond propositions were the result of a five-year Vision Plan created by over 125 members of the Stafford community working together since January 2010.

Superintendent Hindt said “it is exciting to work with a school board and city council that is passionate about providing each student an outstanding educational experience.”

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