FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A new elementary school on Fort Riley is helping to alleviate some of the overcrowding problems in schools on post.
Governor Sam Brownback, Brigadier General Don MacWillie (1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley Senior Commander), Dr. Joseph Westphal (Under Secretary of the United States) and USD 475 officials were on hand Friday, September 14, 2012 for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Seitz Elementary School.
The school is located in the Forsyth area of Fort Riley
Also present for the ceremony was retired Lieutenant General Richard Seitz- the decorated World War II veteran that the school was named after.
Seitz has been a longtime supporter of Geary County schools. Fort Riley schools are part of Geary County’s USD 475. He was the youngest infantry battalion commander in World War II.
“I’ve long been an advocate for education and especially for teachers because I feel that teachers are so very important. Certainly, they are responsible to a great extent to the total development of our fine children. Our children are our most precious commodity. Our children are our future,” Seitz said.
The school is already full, with 675 students enrolled. Officials say it met its capacity within one of week of its opening.
Planning for Seitz Elementary began in September of 2010. Officials held a team meeting that established the current plan for the upgrade and expansion of schools on Fort Riley. This team was a mixture of DOD, Fort Riley Garrison, USD 475 Board of Education members and USD 475 Administration.
USD 475 officials hope to add another elementary school and a new middle school on Fort Riley as they continue to tackle overcrowding concerns.