Community members gathered behind the Monroe City High School cafeteria on August 21, to break ground and kick off the construction of the new agricultural building.
School faculty, board members and community leaders stood with smiles during the ground-breaking ceremony, as they dug shovels into the ground for the 8.5 million dollar project to begin.
Vocational Agricultural and FFA Advisor Kerri Brandt shared her excitement on the new project, stating, “I am excited to see the growth of our students that this new Ag Facility will provide. We will be able to foster these new opportunities for our students.” The new agriculture building will include a greenhouse, two classrooms, a metal shop, wood shop and power and electrical area, with restrooms, offices and storage closet.
After the agriculture building is completed, the next phase will include the demolition of the current agriculture building. This area will house the new elementary building that will provide six new classrooms and a multipurpose area to be used as a cafeteria which will hold 300 students. The building will provide the entrance into the school where middle school students would enter and turn left, while elementary students will enter and turn right to arrive at their classrooms. Also included is upgraded office space, a nurse’s office and restrooms.
The project also includes upgrades in safety and security by connecting all three buildings to create less student traffic outside, upgrading the heating and cooling systems, fixing drain issues on the back part of the campus and providing one central location for both middle and elementary students to enter.
Vocational Agricultural and FFA Advisor Sean Frankenbach stated, “I am thankful for the community’s continued support of student’s education. The new facility will give our students opportunities to learn in a more efficient and student-friendly environment. I’m looking forward to moving in this winter.”
The April 2 election polls combined from Monroe, Marion and Ralls Counties passed Proposition 2, with a 68 percent margin having 642 yes votes, which approved the 8.5 million dollar school project. The election approval by voters, allows the project to move forward, giving the Monroe City R-1 School District a more safe and secure building, increases energy efficiency and creates skilled labor teaching areas.