Plum residents, school board members, and faculty celebrated the dedication of the new George Pivik Elementary School along with some members of the Pivik family, who cut the ribbon at the school’s entrance Monday evening.
“Every Plum child deserves a high class, quality education that prepares them for a lifetime of success,” said Timothy Glasspool, superintendent of schools. “This school was designed and built to ensure a clean, safe learning environment where students can maximize their potential.”
Glasspool and fellow speakers Dennis Russo—an independent contractor serving as the district representative for construction—Principal Gail Yamnitzky, and school board President Andrew Drake each thanked those involved with the project from start to finish, including past and present school board members, designers, contractors, laborers and Pivik faculty.
Russo spoke of the diligence of those working on the project, including 19 individuals from Plum who had a part in several different phases from design to laying block.
“I’m proud to say I was part of a quality group of people who brought this project to a great result,” Russo said.
The two-story, 75,000-square foot building includes a cafeteria, full gymnasium, computer lab, music room, art lab, media center, an administration wing, four kindergarten classrooms and 24 first through sixth grade classrooms.
According to Russo, the school is also state-of-the-art with such technology as wireless capability throughout the building and a SMART board, an interactive whiteboard that uses touch detection for user input in the same way a personal computer does, in every classroom.
With the Pivik school of the past just across the street, speakers spoke of the impact the new building will have on the future of the children of Plum and the community.
“While we’re leaving behind the brick and mortar of the old building, we’re taking the most important things with us – and that’s our children,” Yamnitzky said. “They’re our future and they’ll fill this new building and realized Mr. Pivik’s wish and our collective hopes and wishes for an outstanding education. We trust that they’ll make the best possible use of the education that we’ll offer them and that they will give back to the community that has done this for them.”
Public tours will be given to the public today, Aug. 21, between 9 and 11 a.m. and 5 and 7 p.m.
“I encourage Plum residents to tour this building and provide feedback,” said Drake.
Door will open to first through sixth graders on Monday, Aug. 27, and kindergarteners begin the following day.