Cuyahoga Falls -- Groundbreaking for the new Woodridge elementary school will take place March 19 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Those planning to attend should park either at Woodridge High School, 4440 Quick Road, or Woodridge Middle School, 4451 Quick Road. Attendees will then ride school buses to the site, which is on vacant land between State and Quick roads.
District Superintendent Walter Davis said the ceremony will occur "regardless of the weather."
Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by the Woodridge Foundation.
Davis said speakers at the event will include himself, Board President Jeff McHugh, Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters, Ohio Statehouse Rep. Kristina Roegner and Woodridge Bond Committee Chairman Scott Karlo. Student members of Woodridge Junior Core will also participate.
"We will welcome families and individuals to take their turn with the shovel, breaking ground themselves as they participate in this historic event for our school community," said Davis.
The new school building is the primary component of a $33.5 million construction project funded by a 35-year, 3.71-mill bond issue approved by the voters last year to build a new primary and intermediate school facility on the district's Quick Road campus, replace the roof on the existing middle school, add classroom space and a new gymnasium at the existing high school.
Construction of the 124,000 square foot building is projected to be completed in time to open at the start of the 2018-19 school year (in August 2018), said Davis.