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Groundbreaking held for “Potomac Shores” elementary school

State and local dignitaries joined School Board members, Superintendent Steve Walts, and Ron Whitten, newly appointed principal of “Potomac Shores” Elementary School for the new school’s groundbreaking ceremony on May 23.

In the fall of 2017, Whitten and his staff will welcome 850 students eager to begin their journey toward academic excellence.

After weeks of steady rain, and a light drizzle and mist during the ceremony, the sun came out just as officials and students moved from under the tent to pose with shovels on the parking area.

“Despite the rain, V.F. Pavone Construction is about on schedule and getting started on the footings this week,” said PWCS Construction Project Manager Shelly Clayborn. “It helps that the site was pre-graded.”

Swans Creek fourth and fifth graders performed under the direction of music teacher Stephanie Hurst. Their exuberance and talent brought the audience of 75 parents, PWCS staff, and officials to their feet.

Dignitaries who attended included School Board Vice Chairman Lillie Jessie (Occoquan) and members Diane Raulston (Neabsco), Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville), and Justin Wilk (Potomac); State Delegates Mark Dudenhefer (2nd) and Richard Anderson (51st); and Brianna Sewell, representing Congressman Gerald Connolly (11th).

Look for construction progress pictures in the coming weeks on the PWCS Construction website. The address for the school will be 2500 River Heritage Boulevard, Dumfries, VA 22026. The school was designed by Mosley Architects. The civil engineer was Ross, France, and Ratliff.

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