The Perry School Board had a meeting Monday night, but that wasn’t their only reason for heading to the high school that day.

The Board and many other people with ties to the District gathered in the parking lot where construction has already begun on the industrial technology facility and wrestling/multipurpose room project. There they held a ceremonial groundbreaking to officially kick off construction and celebrate the future facilities. Superintendent Clark Wicks says it was a great event, and he was pleased with the turnout. “Here’s the neat thing about the groundbreaking: there were a number of people from the (Vote) ‘Yes’ campaign that came back and were part of that. We had a couple students there as well as their parents. So that’s always a great time! And if people haven’t been by the high school, take a look. The dirt is getting moved, the concrete piles are getting higher. So things are on the move, and Perry pride is growing!”

Wicks reminds the public that the north parking lot at the high school will be closed the entire school year, so students and staff will need to utilize the gravel parking lot south of Dewey Field. He also asks that motorists be mindful of students crossing 18th Street to get to school, particularly during the morning and afternoon times. The facilities are scheduled to be completed by August of next year. However, Wicks says people should temper their expectations, because unexpected delays tend to pop up with most big construction projects.

To learn more about this and other topics involving the Perry School District, listen to yesterday’s Perry Fareway Let’s Talk Dallas County program at