A groundbreaking ceremony launched the start of construction for the Seaman School District.
Students at North Fairview, 1941 NE 39th St., counted down as USD 345 board members and superintendent Mike Mathes turned the first dirt for an addition at the school.
The addition is just one project to be funded by a $57.5 million bond issue voters approved in April.
Mathes says additions at North Fairview, Elmont and West Indianola, coupled with renovating the current Seaman Middle School into an elementary school, will ease overcrowding. He says as more students moved into the district in recent years, there hasn't been a place to put them. Some buildings even utilized mobile units. He says the units will allow elementary class sizes to remain around 20 students for the next 15 to 20 years.
The district also will build a new middle school. It will be the district's first new building in 43 years.
Mathes says he is proud of the community for making education important, as well as the board of education.
"It takes courage to say we need to do something for our kids that might cost a little bit of money," Mathes said.
Mathes says the North Fairview project should wrap up in 13 months. District-wide, he says construction projects will continue for two and a half years.