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GWA breaks ground for new multipurpose building

Posted On: 2016-07-28 11:55 AM
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From the July 27, 2016 Print Edition of the Silver Creek Herald. Online version coming soon.

By Naomi Hatch

Officials of George Washington Academy in Snowflake held a groundbreaking for a multipurpose building July 8.

"We're following through on some of the commitments we made to the community," said Chief Executive Officer Mark Plitzuweit, noting that the new building will include a junior high size basketball court, bathrooms, a service kitchen and a stage, and will be constructed at an estimated cost of $900,000.

Plitzuweit said that they will use local companies, and commented that recently sod was laid at the playground that was purchased from Cedar Ridge Sod, owned by Bob and Pari Flake. Navapache Construction, owned by Lynn DeWitt of Taylor, is the contractor for the project.

"Our main goal for the next two to three years is making sure all money goes back into the schools to provide an engaging education experience for students," said Plitzuweit.

"I know it's been a long time coming. I know Edkey said they were going to make things happen, well now its happening," Plitzuweit continued, noting that they will focus on schools at hand, upgrading facilities, and will have no new purchases of school sites this year.

Principal Benson Wallace, who grew up in Hyrum, Utah, said that moving here was like going home. "It's been great coming here," he said. "I have felt very accepted."

"We do have a lot of great expectations here for the campus. We are trying to offer other opportunities for the community."

Two students, Molly Wilcox and Gage Roberts, were given the opportunity to participate in the groundbreaking, as were school administrators, the contractor, the Snowflake-Taylor Chamber of Commerce and former principal Kathleen Danielson.

Wallace said that they are still accepting enrollments, and the first day of school will be August 10.

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