The Cornwall-Lebanon School District hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Jan. 8, for the Falcon Connector building, which will join the Cedar Crest middle and high schools.

Before the ceremony, several involved parties had brief remarks on the estimated $15.8 million project.

Work on the around 33,000-square-foot connector was officially kicked off as school board members, administration project leaders, Beers + Hoffman Architecture representatives, and local representatives shoveled up dirt.

After that, other involved parties took turns posing at the site of the groundbreaking.

The two-story connector, planned to include 22 classrooms, is phase one of a three-phase plan to renovate both the high school and middle school.

A Beers + Hoffman rendering of the planned connector. (Provided photo)

A facilities study was first requested by the district in September 2021, and the board approved contracts for phase one (the connector) in January 2023.

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A Beers and Hoffman rendering of the connector, side view. (Provided photo)

The district hopes to have this phase completed by the early summer months of 2025.

The classrooms in the connector are meant to serve as swing classrooms, meant to be used short-term while renovations are undergone.

The high school renovations will follow the connector’s construction (estimated to be completed in 2027), followed by renovations of the middle school (estimated to be completed in 2029).

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Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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