School system breaks ground on Emerson
by Mark Andrews
Nov 16, 2012 | 2770 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Director of Maintenance and Construction Pankaj Daiya, school board member Anna Sullivan, student Tifton Worthington, Chairman Dr. Davis Nelson, student Jacob Cabe, Vice Chairman of the School Board Angie Cornet, student Madison Bean, Superintendent Dr. John Harper, Emerson Elementary Principal Rob Kittle, Emerson Mayor Al Pallone, board member John Howard and student Jeczalih Diaz. BRANDEN CAMP/The Daily Tribune News
From left, Director of Maintenance and Construction Pankaj Daiya, school board member Anna Sullivan, student Tifton Worthington, Chairman Dr. Davis Nelson, student Jacob Cabe, Vice Chairman of the School Board Angie Cornet, student Madison Bean, Superintendent Dr. John Harper, Emerson Elementary Principal Rob Kittle, Emerson Mayor Al Pallone, board member John Howard and student Jeczalih Diaz. BRANDEN CAMP/The Daily Tribune News
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The Bartow County School System on Thursday broke ground on the new 87,000-square-foot, 500-classroom Emerson Elementary School, located adjacent to South Central Elementary School on Old Alabama Road.

“It’s a great day in the life of Emerson Elementary, what a history and heritage — it’s nostalgic being out here because the building we’re currently in has been there for a while and we’ve seen a lot of generations go through it,” Principal Rob Kittle said. “I’m a new generation of Emerson Elementary and we’re excited about [the new school] beginning a new generation.”

The groundbreaking drew a crowd of generations, with parents and grandparents who attended the original EES as well as current students, some of which participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking while others looked on from a hill on the property.

“We’re so thankful to [Superintendent John Harper] and the [school] board for this opportunity to get a new location,” Kittle said. “We have small halls and small classrooms, but now we’re going to have large halls and large classrooms.

“With new schools come different things and we’re excited about those challenges, but we know with the teachers and staff we have at Emerson that we’re going to meet them and we’re going to exceed them, academically, socially and emotionally ...”

Harper thanked the community, citing the approximate $12.8 million expenditure was made possible through Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.

“[The new EES is] a great opportunity for many children in this community to participate for many years in an outstanding and very strong classroom facility,” Harper said.