Groundbreaking Ceremony Kicks Off KHS Renovation, Construction
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
The Kodiak High School renovation and construction project officially kicked off on Thursday with a groundbreaking ceremony. The event included KHS band members playing the school fight song, as well as representatives from the board of education, city council, borough assembly and Kodiak’s legislative delegation. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs was there and filed this report.
At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, students at Kodiak High School were wrapping up their final days of school and gearing up for the start of summer vacation. Meanwhile, in a small ceremony outside, community members gathered for the official start of something else – the high school renovation and construction project.
“And so here we are at the
groundbreaking of a project that has been in the making many decades," said Superintendent Stewart McDonald.
"And I want to thank everybody that was ever a part of having a vision
and pushing it forward.”
McDonald, along with Architect
Tony Yorba, Borough Assemblywoman Chris Lynch and School Board Member
Norm Wooten, took the ceremonial first shovels.
“You know it feels just
like the beginning," McDonald said. "Although a lot of work into this to get here, the
most important work begins now and keeping costs down and finishing the
project and fulfilling all the educational specifications is the primary
focus. So, it feels good to be here and now the real work is in front
In April the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved a $62 million
construction contract with Watterson Construction Company of Anchorage
for the renovation and construction project.