Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools invited staff, school board members, construction representatives, civic leaders and distinguished guests to an official groundbreaking for the new Pleasantview Elementary School on Monday, October 19, 2020.
Speakers at the event included many district project partners including Superintendent Bradley D. Bergstrom, ICS representative Dave Bergeron, Pleasantview Elementary Principal Aby Froiland, Sauk Rapids mayor Kurt Hunstinger and Sauk Rapids-Rice Board of Education Chair Ryan Butkowski.
Pleasantview Principal Froiland had these words of gratitude for the project and explained how a long-standing oak tree on the building site represents the essence of the new school building: “One of the landmark pieces of this property happens to be this amazing oak tree that stands here. It reminds us daily of enduring strength and resilience as it continues to grow through storms, fires, generations and pandemics. We are so excited that the new Pleasantview building is going to have the essence of this tree inside of it and that this spirit is going to live in the building. Our staff is fully prepared to empower generations of students to find that oak tree’s enduring strength and resilience in themselves so that they may grow beyond what can be imagined. This is such an exciting beginning. Thank you so much.”
On November 5, 2019, Sauk Rapids and Rice residents approved to invest $37.1 million to replace Pleasantview Elementary School with a new school building on the current site. At the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, October, 19, Superintendent Bergstrom thanked many for their support for the new school, including Tracey Fiereck, Denise Christie, Bryce Johnson, Carl Newbanks, Aaron Sinclair, Andi Johnson, Dr. Dan Bittman, Bruce Watkin, Kris Patterson and Doug Patterson.