Geary County Schools holds groundbreaking for new Fort Riley elementary school

FORT RILEY, Kan. — Geary County Schools USD 475 on Friday held the groundbreaking for the new, award-winning elementary school on Fort Riley.

The event marked the beginning moments in the construction of the 81,000 square foot, 390 student capacity school, on the same land that once stood Jefferson Elementary School.

“The event today marks a milestone in a journey that started three years ago when a small team from the District and Fort Riley Garrison made a concept presentation to the Office of Local Defense Communities Cooperative (OLDCC),” Geary County Schools Chief Operations Officer David Wild said.

Attendees heard remarks from Superintendent Dr. Reginald Eggleston, Board of Education President Ron Johnson, Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. William McKannay, Executive Director of the Governor’s Military Affairs Council Rt. Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins, and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. They also enjoyed a vocal performance by Morris Hill Elementary School students and the Posting of Colors by the Junction City High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, as well as witnessed the momentous breaking of ground.

Representatives from Geary County Schools, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. William McKannay, and Hutton Construction representatives break ground on the new elementary school on Fort Riley.

The new elementary school project would not be possible without the collaborative effort between Geary County Schools, Fort Riley, Hutton Construction, and SJCF Architecture. This new school will offer an equitable learning environment for the prekindergarten through fifth-grade students it will serve.

“With the OLDCC matching grant approved last spring, the school design is complete, the old school is removed, and we’re ready to start construction,” Wild said.

The construction of the new school is estimated to be complete by the fall of 2023.

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