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'Once in a lifetime': Petersburg ISD breaks ground on new school

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The future of "Buffalo nation" looking bright today as a small town, takes a big step. 

In 2016 Hale Wind Farm with Xcel energy made a deal with the town of Petersburg.

4 years later, the district has been able to take advantage of the revitalized local economy.

"You get these opportunities once in a lifetime. You have a wind farm like we have, you have that bond election that goes through. Those things come together and you can't pass that up," Superintendant Brian Bibb said.

While the wind farm may have sparked change it was the community who stood behind Petersburg ISD and its 219 students. 

"They've wanted this for themselves. A lot of them have kids, grandkids, extended family that are here. My secretary's been working in this district for 51 years. And days like today, she's lived her whole life for that," Bibb said.

"We've got lots of ties to this school. Same building, same classrooms that I went to. Pretty nostalgic, but this new one's going to be even greater than that," School Board President Chad Byrd said.

In May 2018, the 27 million dollar bond vote passed with 80% support.

"Our community voted for that. They knew what it would take on their taxes, what would go up there and they still knew that this is the right thing to do for our kids," Bibb explained. 


The future will be built upon the past.

The location of the new school building will be built where the original school building once stood back in the late 19th century.

"It's gonna be nice and new and impressive. Hopefully might increase our enrollment and bring people in and it'd be nice. Something for people to come see what we've got here in Petersburg," Byrd said.

"School like ours now, you constantly have maintenance issues that you're having to fix. You get a new building it's going to be more energy efficient, with HVAC, with windows, the doors, our security where it needs to be for a school like today," Bibb said. 

There will also be 2 gyms, updated cafeteria and auditorium. 

The construction of the building is expected to begin in Fall 2020, with final completion set for the following school year. 


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