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On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 26th, administration and team members of the Sahuarita Unified School District officially broke ground to signify the start of construction on the district’s newest K8 school.

The new school, which will be located in the Sahuarita Town Center (south of Sahuarita Rd.) is made possible through the successful passage of a bond, which voters approved last November. The tax monies generated from the bond will allow for the construction of this new school, as well as the replacement of old portable buildings that are currently located on the main campus along Sahuarita Rd.

The SUSD team was joined by other district supporters and stakeholders, as well as team members of the Rancho Sahuarita Company. The land for the new school is a donation from the company, which has a long history of partnering with the district. With this donation in mind, nearly 100 acres of land have been donated to the district by the company for schools and adjacent buildings.

The special groundbreaking ceremony featured remarks from key players in the project, including Kevin Barber from Swaim Associates, Ltd. and Fred Knapp from Core Construction. Jeremy Sharpe from Rancho Sahuarita, Mayor Tom Murphy, and Superintendent for the district, Dr. Manuel Valenzuela also spoke.

Dr. Valenezuela spoke of the partnership which made the new school possible saying, “This project exemplifies the promise of possibilities when organizations intentionally strive to find common interests, and leverage their respective resources, in order to deliver a higher quality and more cost efficient level of service than either entity could deliver acting strictly within its own organization and only with its own resources.  I am grateful to the Town, Rancho Sahuarita and the community for our ongoing spirit of collaboration and support.”

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