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HSSD Celebrates Ceremonial Groundbreaking Events

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HSSD Celebrates Ceremonial Groundbreaking Events


Community members joined students and staff at Forest Glen Elementary School and Bay View Middle School Thursday, June 2 to celebrate groundbreaking ceremonies, which officially marked the beginning of construction of major renovation projects at each school. The projects are the result of a successful April 2021 referendum, in which residents voted to approve $98 million in facilities updates at all eight Howard-Suamico School District (HSSD) schools. 

“With the start of something new, comes the hope of something great,” said HSSD Superintendent Damian LaCroix in his opening remarks at the ceremonies. “If these walls could talk, they would say, ‘Good job! Thank you for caring about our kids, thank you for valuing our staff, and thank you for investing in the health of our community.’ On behalf of the entire HSSD team, allow me to express how grateful we are to celebrate this milestone moment together.”

In the morning, Forest Glen visitors were treated to a groundbreaking ceremony with special guests from the Village of Suamico, Miron Construction, and EUA, as well as HSSD staff and students who were among the first to break ground on the construction site. The event concluded with school custodian Rick Seiler taking a big dig with an excavator, much to the delight of the 500 Forest Glen students in the audience.

Groundbreaking at Forest Glen

Forest Glen groundbreaking

Later in the afternoon, the Bay View celebration featured sledgehammers smashing down a portion of the wall inside the original gym of the school. Special guest Mike Sheedy, Bay Port Class of 1971, a retired custodian with 36 years of service in the district, was among eight wallbreakers, including Bay View students and staff members.  

Updates regarding the Forest Glen and Bay View projects, including phasing, construction timelines, and details of referendum-related projects at all HSSD schools can be found on our website:

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