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By LuAnn Schindler

Building on the future

Groundbreaking held at Summerland site


Carm Thramer

Pay dirt • (l-r): Superintendent Dale Martin; Steven Thiele, Hausmann Construction; Jacob Sertich, Wilkins ADP; Tobin Buchanan, First National Capital Markets and Summerland Board Committee members Candice Hoke, Marty Kerkman, Nate Schwager, Jeremy Wagner and Ed Nordby toss scoops of dirt during the school district's May 1 groundbreaking ceremony. For photos of the ceremony, including boards of education from each school, visit the Advocate-Messenger's photo site at

Powdery particles of soil sifted through the air Friday afternoon, as school officials broke ground on the Summerland school project.

Summerland Board Committee members, along with original boards of education from Clearwater, Ewing and Orchard, each tossed a shovel full of earth to commemorate the occasion, while practicing social distancing measures throughout the ceremony.

Dirt work on the site, situated at the intersection of 513 Avenue and Summerland Road, began nearly six weeks ago.

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