Progress is being made on Prince William County’s newest elementary school.
Local officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the facility on Tuesday morning.
The school, which is being built at 4060 Prince William Parkway in Occoquan, is expected to open in fall 2019, according to a release.
So far, officials have completed more than one-fourth of the project.
Work is continuing on the gym, cafeteria and administrative space. The concrete foundation for the classrooms has been poured, as well.
Marlene Coleman will serve as the principal for the institution, which has not been named. Coleman used to lead Dumfries Elementary School.
“I am proud to say that Mrs. Coleman has a great track record of success,” Superintendent Steve Walts said at the ceremony. “It’s exciting to think of the solid foundation for learning that our students will gain under her leadership.”
Babur Lateef, the Prince William County School Board’s interim chairman at-large, told Coleman that her new position comes with ‘an awesome responsibility.’
“The parents and guardians of more than 700 students will entrust their care to you and others. It is a solemn trust like no other,” Lateef said. “I wish you all the best as you move forward to provide an outstanding education for our younger generation.”
He also discussed the board’s work with local officials to gain a 17-acre property.
Two acres has been allocated to the school district. A portion of the land will be used as a soccer field that can be accessed by students and members of the community.
State Senator Scott Surovell, Supervisor Ruth Anderson, and Lillie Jessie, who represents the Occoquan District on the county School Board, also spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.
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