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Caesar Rodney School District Breaks Ground on New Elementary School in Kent County

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Construction of a new elementary school near Magnolia. Construction of a new elementary school near Magnolia.

MAGNOLIA, Del. --- Officials with the Caesar Rodney School District broke ground Wednesday on a new elementary school planned for the Magnolia area.

The new school, located along Briarbush Road, will serve students in one of the district's growth zone, where anticipated student enrollment is expected to significantly increase in the coming years.

Caesar Rodney Superintendent Kevin Fitzgerald said increasing construction material costs delayed the start of the project, which was funded in part by a 2016 capital referendum.

State lawmakers, Fitzgerald said, voted this year to help cover the remaining difference on the $26 million plan.

"We had to ask the bond bill committee to fund the difference so we could build a school that could meet the needs of the community. Before, it would have only been a 400 student school. We really needed 600," he said.

Despite the delay, Fitzgerald said the district intends to have construction completed by the end of 2020.

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