ETX school district breaks ground on new facility


TEXARKANA, Texas – (KTAL/KMSS) Hundreds gathered on Monday as the Pleasant Grove Independent School District broke ground on its new elementary school.

Hundreds attended the festivities, including students, teachers and community leaders. The new facility is made possible by a $19.9 million bond passed by voters last year. “It will be a little bit bigger. It will accomodate for some additional growth that we actually are experiencing right now,” said PGISD Superintendent Chad Pirtle.

Pirtle said the current elementary building is the oldest campus in the district. It will be named after former Superintendent Margaret Fischer Davis. “The excellence that the school district represents is the excellence of Margaret Davis,” said Pirtle.

“The honor is very unexpected and it’s a humbling experience, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the future of Pleasant Grove,” said Davis.

Davis led PGISD for more than two decades. She said education is the key to the future for everyone. “Whatever we can do to better prepare the next generation will yield great rewards,” she said.

The new school is expected to be complete by July, 2020.

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