Center of attention

Work on Food Science and Ag Center begins
Jamie Piontkowski

The much-anticipated Food Science and Agriculture Center at Plymouth High School is becoming a tangible, with construction beginning April 6 and a ceremonial groundbreaking held April 8.

“The foundation is excited to be celebrating today the culmination of our generous and caring community, who made this innovative project a reality,” foundation executive director Anne Troka said at the groundbreaking. “Your generosity will be felt by Plymouth students as well as our community for years to come.”

The Plymouth Education Foundation raised more than $1 million to build the state-of-the-art facility, which will include a large greenhouse attached to a classroom featuring six lab stations. Donations were received evenly from individuals, businesses and organizations.

The Plymouth Education Foundation capital campaign was able to exceed its goal because of the strong partnerships between the foundation, the Plymouth School District and Board of Education, the City of Plymouth, and businesses, organizations and individuals in the community, Troka said. Each group was represented at the groundbreaking ceremony.


School, city and local officials (below) were on hand as ground was broken Wednesday for the new Food Science and Agriculture Center at Plymouth High School. Wielding ceremonial gold shovels were (cover and top left, left to right) Plymouth Education Foundation capital campaign co-chairs Teresa Suttner and Nancy Jusky; donors Erv and Linda Golembiewski; Foundation Executive Director Anne Troka; Foundation Board President Crystal Fieber; Board of Education President Tim St. Clair; Plymouth School District Superintendent Carrie Dassow; Plymouth City Administrator Brian Yerges; Plymouth Mayor Don Pohlman; and honorary capital campaign co-chairs Louie Gentine and Barb Ohman (for Dr. Dave Ohman). Dassow (above), Troka, St. Clair, Pohlman, Jusky and Golembiewski all made remarks before the dirt flew on the site east of the high school, where work has already begun. 
Review photos byGreg Ceilley School, city and local officials (below) were on hand as ground was broken Wednesday for the new Food Science and Agriculture Center at Plymouth High School. Wielding ceremonial gold shovels were (cover and top left, left to right) Plymouth Education Foundation capital campaign co-chairs Teresa Suttner and Nancy Jusky; donors Erv and Linda Golembiewski; Foundation Executive Director Anne Troka; Foundation Board President Crystal Fieber; Board of Education President Tim St. Clair; Plymouth School District Superintendent Carrie Dassow; Plymouth City Administrator Brian Yerges; Plymouth Mayor Don Pohlman; and honorary capital campaign co-chairs Louie Gentine and Barb Ohman (for Dr. Dave Ohman). Dassow (above), Troka, St. Clair, Pohlman, Jusky and Golembiewski all made remarks before the dirt flew on the site east of the high school, where work has already begun. Review photos byGreg Ceilley “Working together, we embraced our shared value to continue to provide a high-quality education for all Plymouth students, preparing them for their futures,” she said.

Superintendent Carrie Dassow thanked the foundation, the district, the school board, the city and the community for their contributions. “This project symbolizes the positive power that happens when a community comes together in the best interest of its future generations,” she said.

Dassow said the facility will bring a new level of possibilities for students in the areas of food science, culinary arts and agricultural education. “Completion of this project will allow us to provide a more rigorous education, develop more partnerships with our area business, and make available more opportunities for our community,” she said.

Board of Education President Tim St. Clair also thanked the foundation, city and business community for their phenomenal effort. He said several Wisconsin Assembly members recently told him they were awed by the way the community embraced the project. Mayor Don Pohlman also noted that the project is an example of the innovation Plymouth is known for around the state.

Nancy Jusky, co-chairwoman of the capital campaign along with Teresa Suttner, said she is proud of the project partners and of the community. Erv Golembiewski, a longtime foundation board member who gave the initial donation to the project, indicated that the campaign was the foundation’s first major endeavor – and the start of more to come.

The Food Science and Agriculture Center, designed with input from local businesses on the facility as well as the curriculum, will better provide students and community members with skills needed by key local industries.

The center will provide real-life, hands-on experience to students in seven academic areas (agriculture, food science, culinary arts, science, engineering, health and business). It will facilitate:

• Student experience with modern growing systems such as hydroponics and aquaponics.

• Student research, giving them the opportunity to explore lighting needs and the proper balance between UV and fluorescent light, for example, and to scout for pests and disease.

• Student involvement in the design, installation, maintenance and testing of various growing systems.

• New high-level courses, such as Biotechnical Engineering and Advanced Food Science.

• Production of food for school lunches and after-school snack programs.

• Partnerships with area businesses and community organizations.

• Community education classes.

Visit www.plymouth.k12.wi.us to learn more about the Food Science and Agriculture Center and www.plymouthedfoundation.org to learn more about the Plymouth Education Foundation Capital Campaign.


Most recent cover pages:













Poll
POLL: Do you think Elkhart Lake made the right decision in not allowing Strawberry the pot-bellied pig?:

Copyright 2009-2018 The Plymouth Review, All Rights Reserved

Contact Information

113 E. Mill St., Plymouth WI 53073
Local: 920-893-6411 Toll Free: 1-877-467-6591
Fax: 920-893-5505




Sundance Farm Campground