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Investment: New Williamstown Elementary School will make huge difference

For the first time since 1985, Wood County Schools saw the opening of a new school this week, as Williamstown Elementary School hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the facility.

By all accounts it is a beautiful new building — a state-of-the-art educational complex. But Wood County Board of Education President Justin Raber is correct. The building of this school was not done as an investment in bricks and mortar. It is an investment in our kids.

“Going forward, we are going to have amazing students coming through these doors. They are going to be taught by amazing teachers,” he said. “That is what is going to happen in this building, the amazing things you (Principal Heather Bretthauer) and your staff will do for the next generation of students.”

So while it is true, as Bretthauer put it, that the ribbon cutting was a celebration of the hard work put into the building, the larger celebration is of the possibilities that await.

Congratulations to all those who saw the need for this facility and worked so very hard to bring it to fruition. The technology and building may well be “everything (Bretthauer) dreamed it would be,” but the difference it will make to the students, and therefore the community as a whole, is something of which we all can be proud.

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