Rain delays progress on the new Riverside Jr/Sr. High School

By Keith Boles - bio | email feedback

LAKE CITY, AR (KAIT) -We've shown you how the rain has stopped the harvest, stopped home construction and now what about large construction projects like highways or schools?

The official groundbreaking for the new Riverside Junior and Senior High School was held Friday in Lake City.

Those few shovels of dirt are the only dirt that's been moved in quite a while.

Superintendent Tommy Knight stood in front of a crowd of students and officials on a windy Friday afternoon.

"The rains kind of gone away but as the band began to play the Star Spangled Banner what was added to everything. The sun came out on that flag?"

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain..well no.

The sun came and went at Friday's groundbreaking  but those shovels were the only dirt turned on the site in quite a while. Actually no dirt has been moved in a little over 2 weeks.

Riverside schools were formed from the merger of Caraway and Lake City. Supt. Knight says they need new buildings.....badly.

"I think the last new addition either to the Junior high or High School was in the 60's. And parts of those buildings are older than that."

The first class to graduate from the new building should be the class of 2011. I asked two 10th graders what they thought of the school so far.

Tyler Glover, "Whenever it's all finished it'll be perfect. Because we'll have our new school, new technology better learning."

Amanda Lewis, "Even if we wind up being the last graduates from the old building I still think it's something we need to remember because there's not going to be anyone else graduating from that building or we're gonna be the first ones graduating from this building."

It is something to really look forward to.

Knight, "Even though it's been idle through this rain, I'm still excited. And when I leave the house every morning the first thing I do every morning is come down and circle the work site out there to see if they are doing anything. "

The 100-thousand square foot building will take about 18 months to complete, if the weather will cooperate.

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