Years of planning for construction and renovation at two Casper high schools culminated in back-to-back groundbreaking ceremonies this past week, marking a move from planning to action for a school district overseeing more than $200 million in projects for the two schools.
School officials, staff and fans donned hardhats and muscled shovels into dirt at a ceremony for Natrona County High School on Thursday, then at a similar event across town for Kelly Walsh High School on Tuesday.
“This is a day we have been talking about, planning for and looking forward to for several years,” Natrona County School District 1 trustee Rita Walsh said while standing outside the current Kelly Walsh building on Tuesday morning. Walsh introduced a line of speakers for the short ceremony, then climbed into the cab of a yellow excavator to maneuver the machine’s jaws and uproot the first scrapes of sod.
“We’re ready to get it rolling now and make it happen,” Kelly Walsh Principal Brad Diller said.