"We nailed it!"
"The stars aligned and it was not by accident."
Those comments, first by Adams Central school board member Steve Maller, then by AC Superintendent Mike Pettibone, were typical of the commendations at Sunday's dedication and open house at the $10 million addition to and renovation of the AC building in Monroe.
More than 150 people attended the ceremony, held in what's called Main St.: the new entry and exit area on the north side of the building. Others visited the school for tours during the two and a half-hour event.
In the program, longtime fine arts instructor Brad Byerly spoke about the decorations along Main St.. especially four large circular mosaic designs of tree branches and leaves that symbolize each season and portray key words that sum up Adams Central Community Schools:
Spring is Legacy.
Summer is Growth.
Fall is Faith.
Winter is Vision.
Pettibone said the Weigand Construction (of Fort Wayne) design-build team got the job partly because it pledged to get the work done in a year, when other bidders were saying a year and a half.
He commended the teachers who held classes in what he jokingly called "horse stalls" in the PE gym as the true "heroes" of this process, with "just a little bit of grumbling, but that's okay." The superintendent said using the PE gym for classes instead of installing portable classrooms" saved AC $290,000, which was used to buy classroom furniture.
Pettibone thanked Bank of Geneva and its president, Andrew Briggs, for being so helpful for so long. He said AC is blessed to have a local bank to "take care of us" in varied ways.
He spoke of the extra work, such as on weekends, done by Kaehr Excavating of rural Decatur by declaring that the firm "made the difference on the project," which got done a bit ahead of schedule.
Pettibone thanked the AC custodial staff for all it did during the job, new media center director Debbie Acord for getting so many books sorted and in place, and Gregg Snyder, the AC grad who is now the school district's technology coordinator, for hooking everything up wirelessly, with the assistance of Travis Wilder and Brandon Smith.