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Ground broken at Cahaba Elementary School

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — A reawakening has occurred with the shoveling of some sand.

City of Trussville and Trussville City Schools leaders on Thursday turned the first sand — it was used instead of dirt — at the site of the future Cahaba Elementary School.

VIDEO: Watch a segment of the groundbreaking ceremony at Cahaba Elementary School on Thursday.

A scene from Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony photo by Ron Burkett

A scene from Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony
photo by Ron Burkett

The historic school building was constructed in the 1930s as part of United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program, and originally housed the 10th through 12th grades. It remained the high school until 1984, when high school students began attending a new school built on Trussville-Clay Road, now Hewitt-Trussville Middle School. The former high school on Parkway Drive was used as Hewitt-Trussville Middle School from 1984 through 2008.

Mayor Gene Melton said it’s been a “long time coming” as far as “reawakening” the building.

Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill said it was an “honor and a blessing” to bring the building back to life.

The groundbreaking ceremony for Magnolia Elementary School is scheduled for Friday at noon.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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