USC is officially open
After months of anticipation, the new United South Central school building opened its doors for the first day of school.
The new school has been in the works for almost two years and has finally come to fruition.
“The community has given us a wonderful gift with this new school,”?said USC Superintendent Jerry Jensen.
So to celebrate the gift, the students, staff and administration wanted to start off the new school year in the brand new school building the right way by remembering the reason for all the hard work, planning and budgeting for the new school building.
On Sept. 3, USC held the ribbon cutting for the new school with help from the children.
“I wanted to include the students in any ceremony we planned,”?Jensen said. “They are the reason we’re doing all of this.”
So, two students served as representatives for the student body. Lexi Johnson represented the elementary and Anissa Jansing represented the high school.
Also participating in the ceremony were representatives from Krause Anderson and Wendell Construction as well as the USC?principals.
The ribbon cutting was the light at the end of the tunnel which the USC?school board has been working toward since they first passed the referendum to build it.
“We just got through a year of construction,”?Jensen said. “And, now here we are and it’s exciting.” In May of 2012, a group of United South Central School District residents had formed to endorse the $28.825 million bond referendum to build the new school.
In August of that same year, the referendum vote in the USC School District passed.
“Recently, a man in our community told me he didn’t vote for a building to be built. I voted for a school to be built,” Jensen said. “That showed me that this community truly values education.”
The work started in March 2013 when the school board began hammering out plans, budgets and other details in order to get the work started.
Then on May 15, 2013 the USC?school district held the official groundbreaking at the new site.
Now, more than a year later, the construction is complete, the landscaping is finishing up and the students are in the hallways.
“This school will stand a long time and serve many future students,”?Jensen added. “It will stand many, many years and many, many decades.”