Riverside holds open house

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Open house was held at the new Riverside junior and senior high school on Saturday with Superintendent Tommy Knight welcoming guests.

City and School officials were on hand for ribbon cutting ceremony.

"This is a special day," Knight said. "We have seen the enthusiasm for the new school year grow as the building was completed."

He thanked everyone for all of their hard work and support in the project.

"This is not for me or for the board," he said. "It is for the students. I am proud of what we are able to present them. I want to especially thank my office staff, principals and my wife. The building process got stressful at times."

Among those participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony were representatives from Tate Construction Gaylon Tate, Wayne Tate, Larson Tate, and construction manager Keith Chun, Mark Cahoon with Cahoon Steiling Architects, school board members Mike Brickell, Mike Hook, Mike Brown and Len B. Nall, Caraway Mayor Barry Riley, Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan, State Representative Homer Lenderman, Craighead County Judge Ed Hill, Riverside High School principal Chad Jordan and Junior High principal Matt Scarbrough, and Lake City treasurer/clerk Linda Simpson. The ribbon cutting was held in the lobby area through the front entrance.

Several participants expressed their congratulations to the district and declared it a good day for Riverside and Lake City.

The new junior and senior high school is located on Highway 18 in Lake City.

Guests toured the new facility viewing the classrooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, band and choral rooms, agri shop, library, science labs, computer labs and offices.

Students' first day of school for the 2011-2012 year will be Monday, Aug. 15.

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