Two schools host ribbon-cutting ceremonies

Joshua Kellogg
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Principal Candace Young cuts the ribbon, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Northeast Elementary School in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Farmington Municipal School District officials hosted two ribbon-cutting ceremonies Monday to celebrate Hermosa Middle School’s and Northeast Elementary School’s new buildings.
In ceremonies outside both schools, district and school administrators thanked the people and agencies involved in funding, designing and constructing the new campuses.
Staff and students have occupied both buildings since the start of the school year. Classes at both schools started two days later than originally scheduled to give teachers more time to prepare their classrooms.
During Northeast’s ceremony, Kyle Rhodes, president of the district’s board of education, thanked the community for voting last year to approve $35 million in general obligation bonds to fund the projects.

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eighth-grader Andrew Mitchell, plays the trombone, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Hermosa Middle School in Farmington. cq

“Without your support, without you approving this bond issue, this would have never happened,” Rhodes said. 
Also at the ceremony, Northeast’s student choir performed a couple of songs, and several students participated in the ribbon cutting with Principal Candace Young.
Young thanked the community for investing in her students and helping provide the new $29.3 million building, which replaced the former one that was nearly 56 years old.
“There are very few public resources that are more important than our schools,” Young said. “Our staff at Northeast is dedicated to providing excellence every day.”
The crowd then moved inside the school and rededicated the library after Ed Winters, the principal at Northeast from 1971 to 1986. The first library dedication ceremony took place in March 1997 at the former building.
At Hermosa Middle School, Principal Mark Harris spoke about the origins of the $19.45 million project. It started as a minor project for kitchen and sewer repairs and then grew after the school qualified for funding from the state.
“When we found out we got bumped up on the list for state matching funds, then it turned into whole new ballgame,” Harris said.

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Ted Lasiewicz, chief of operations for the Farmington Municipal Schools, speaks to the students, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Northeast Elementary School in Farmington. cq

In the Hermosa cafeteria, Buffy Tolstedt, the band and orchestra teacher, led a ceremony to dedicate the band and orchestra room in honor of Leslie Leach, district coordinator of music and elementary fine arts program director. Leach taught band at Hermosa from 1990 to 2000. 
Leach thanked the district for its support of the fine arts programs, say they are essential parts of child’s education.
As part of the dedication ceremony, students performed an original song for Leach written by Daniel Fear, the band and orchestra teacher at Heights Middle School.
Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He may be reached at 505-564-4627.