Two years after breaking ground, the new Hal Peterson Middle School campus was formally dedication in a simple ceremony with about 100 people present on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021.
Superintendent Mark Foust welcomed everyone and introduced the KISD Board of Trustees and other distinguished guests and elected officials in attendance.
Kerrville Mayor Bill Blackburn gave an invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Board Vice-President Jack Stevens.
HPMS Principal Tana Althaus gave a welcome speech in which she shared how excited students were to be in their new space, which makes them more comfortable to be in and focus on learning.
HPMS eighth grader Anthony Sanchez spoke about some of the students' favorite aspects of the new campus and what it means to them.
Board President Rolinda Schmidt read the proclamation, which was then signed by all in attendance. The proclamation will be framed and displayed on the campus.
After the ceremony, current HPMS students led tours through their campus.
The new campus sits on Loop 534, across from Tivy High School, and the newly extended Olympic Drive. The campus was part of the $89.9 million bond passed by voters in 2018. A groundbreaking was held in October 2019.
The campus currently houses seventh and eighth grades.
Kerrville Independent School District
Dedication of the New Hal Peterson Middle School
WHEREAS, the citizens of Kerrville support a strong educational system as the foundation of our community and in November of 2018 approved a Bond Election, which included the building of a new Hal Peterson Middle School; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of KERRVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT endeavors to provide a quality education for all children in a safe, nurturing and inspiring environment;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY ALL IN ATTENDANCE HERE TODAY, that this new learning facility be dedicated to inspiring lifelong learners and productive citizens for many decades to come; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this new building will be an engaging learning environment that fosters the development of graduates that are ethical, creative & critical thinkers, goal focused, collaborative and effective communicators, and graduates that have grit and skills for 21st century life.