Williamstown Elementary School cornerstone ceremony slated

From the left, Williamstown Elementary School Principal Heather Bretthauer embraces Mayor Jean Ford during the ground breaking of the new elementary school at the former Fenton Art Glass site. To the right is John Flint, former superintendent of Wood County Schools, under whose tenure the bond was approved financing the school and other building projects in the county. (File Photo)

WILLIAMSTOWN – The cornerstone for the new Williamstown Elementary School will be laid 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 by the Grand Lodge of West Virginia AF&AM.

The Masonic ceremony, organized by the Williamstown Lodge No. 129, will be held at the school, which is under construction at the former Fenton Art Glass site.

The public is invited, said Blake VanKirk of the Williamstown lodge.

Construction started this summer on the new school where representatives of the school system held a groundbreaking on June 14. The new elementary school was financed through a $41 million bond, passed in November 2016 under former Superintendent John Flint, that included an expansion at Williamstown High School, roof projects around the county and construction at the Wood County Technical Center.

The architect is ZMM and the contractor is Swope Construction.

The cornerstone will be laid by Carl McDaniels, grand master of the West Virginia lodge, grand lodge spokesman Rick Nuhfer, a former grand master, said.

McDaniels also is among the speakers that will include Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford, Principal Heather Bretthauer and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Mike Fling.

Residents can submit paper documents that will placed in a container to be sealed in the cornerstone, Nuhfer said. An inventory will be made and archived so people will know what is inside.

“We list everything that goes into that container,” he said.

The contents would be removed only when the building is razed, he said.

Paper documents and photos will be accepted, VanKirk said. For more information on submitting items, call VanKirk at 304 481-7752.

The deadline for submissions is noon Sept. 15.

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