Command breaks ground for School on Casey
February 28, 2010
CASEY GARRISON South Korea - Commanders throughout the Area I footprint came together today outside the site of the new DoDDs school construction to break ground for the renovation and transformation of building 2400 into a DoDDs school serving students from kindergarten to eighth grade. The school will have a capacity of 324 students, will cost $3,400,000, and will be built using Logistics Cost Sharing funds. It will realize only one of the many tour normalization goals command has set before them when it opens July 31.
Breaking first ground during the ceremony were Lt. Col. Richard Fromm, Casey Garrison commander, Col. Larry 'Pepper' Jackson, Red Cloud Garrison commander, Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, 2nd Infantry Division commander, Brig. Gen. Terry R. Ferrell, 2nd Infantry Division assistant division commander maneuver, assistant division commander support, and Dr. Irby Miller, Department of Defense Dependent Schools, Seoul, Korea, superintendent.
"There are a lot of people I want to thank before starting this ceremony," Jackson said during his opening speech. "Dr. Shirley Miles, director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, has been in our footprint for quite some time. She is very instrumental in helping us get this school. I want to give thanks for the vision of Maj. Gen. Tucker and the 2nd Infantry Division. I say that because when I first took command things changed 180 degrees here. We went from a dependant restricted area to command sponsorship, and now we have Families. This school is just one result of listening to our shareholder's voice regarding improving the quality of life in Area I. I also want to thank DoDDs Korea and Dr. Miller and his team for being instrumental in getting this school. I have worked my Directorate of Public Works and Directorate of Logistics a lot in trying to get building 2400 to look like a school. I hope everyone will take the opportunity to look at these artists sketches of what our school will look like when finished."
"What you see here is what the future school will be. These projects are done to bridge the gap between where we are now and our move to Humphreys. This is a great day for our Families; I am a DoDDs school product; I take great pride in that fact and always share that with Dr. Miller. Now we have the opportunity to afford our children the same quality education."
"We are going to do it in two phases; phase one is the building you see behind me, which will become our new school."
"Notice this building is now a barracks, when you look at the artist's rendering it is completely different, it becomes a school."
"A lot of folks are instrumental in helping us do this and I want to thank them."
Jackson went on to say that the school is not the only project going on in Area I, there will be a new Child Development Center with a playground, which will have a capacity for 126 children.
A Child and Youth Services building will be built as well for children kindergarten through grade 12, which will serve K-8 about 77 and mid-teens about 45. "We have at least nine major projects going on at once here in Area I that deals with the quality of life," Jackson said. "I think that is a great thing when it comes to taking care of our Families.
There has been a lot of talk about whether or not this school would be built, Miller said. As you can see now, it is a reality.
"This is the first step of many," Ferrell said, "as we look forward to tour normalization and taking care of our Families. We could have waited, but we didn't. We have got to get set now to move forward and bring our Families on board and get set for things that come. This is one of the many steps; getting our Soldiers, our Families, and our children settled in Area I and providing the quality education that is needed. Today, we are breaking the ground; in August the facility will open with teachers on board. That is clearly a sign of great things to come for this division, Area I, and Korea."