PITTSBURG — Lakeside Elementary students and staff gathered with shovels in hand to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony this week.

The event began at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Lakeside Elementary school playground. Thanks to last year’s bond issue, the school will receive a new kitchen and cafeteria.

“We are so excited because this is going to provide not only a storm shelter for students, but also a wonderful facility for lunch time, as well as community meetings and activities for school,” Principal Rhonda White said. “It’s going to be a nice learning space and just a wonderful area overall.”

Construction will not officially begin until the first week of June. According to White, the facility will be ready for use in January.

“This is the final groundbreaking for the district so it’s been fun just to get the last project going before we start summer,” Pittsburg USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown said. “It will be great because this building really needs a new kitchen and cafeteria, not to mention that this will make it a much safer place for kids during storms.”

Brown said he is relieved to have reached this stage in the project’s development.

“This has been several years in the making,” he said. “We had a bond issue that failed and then we came back and it passed, so we have been working for a long time to get to this point.”

 — Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.