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With the Blue Ridge schools referendum behind them, the school is moving forward quickly as they update their Mansfield facility.

The Mansfield Junior high school will be added on to in the coming year in the Blue Ridge School District. The district held a groundbreaking ceremony in mid-May. Superintendent of Blue Ridge Schools Susan Wilson explains community leaders from across the district and those involved in making the new addition a reality.

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At the ground breaking ceremony, the several hundreds that were gathered were addressed by Farmer City Mayor Mike Jenkins. Mayor Jenkins says he is asked all the time why he felt Mansfield needed a better facility. After taking a picture of all the students in attendance, Mayor Jenkins says he can now show those people, rather than tell them, why Mansfield deserves better facilities.

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Wilson explains the district is currently under budget for the project. She says they do still have a few more bids to acquire but the major bids have returned. Within the last six months, the district had learned bond rates had dropped by whole percentage points and Wilson adds those bond rates still look very favorable.

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Construction should begin this month and the district hopes to be in the new addition by the start of school next year.

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