On Friday, January 31, a groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Noah Webster Schools, Pima Campus, which will be built at the intersection of Pima Road and Jackrabbit Road in Scottsdale. In partnership with Salt River Devco and Adolfson & Peterson Construction, the brand-new facility will be built from the ground up in less than six months.
The new two-story charter school will serve approximately 800 students from pre-K to the sixth grade. The building itself measures nearly 50,000 square feet, and it sits on a 7-acre campus that also will include a playground, parking lot and hardscape.
The event opened with a land blessing offered by Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Norman Wood. Kelly Wade, president and director of Noah Webster Schools, then gave a welcome address. Other speakers were Vince Lujan, CEO of Salt River Devco; Martha Ludlow-Martinez, Miss Salt River; and Jaime Vidales, who directs education-related construction projects in the Southwest for Adolfson & Peterson Construction. Light refreshments were served.
“Today’s groundbreaking marks something very exciting and important. We are building for the future,” said Wade. “We are building a beautiful school facility where we will build student success. We will accomplish this by building relationships with parents, staff, business partners and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. There is no [mission that is more important than] educating the future leaders of this Community and our state. This project is a miracle in the making.”
The Pima campus of Noah Webster Schools has been in the planning stages for three years. With the work of many dedicated individuals, the school will be a place where children will be able to grow and learn in a safe environment. “[All of those involved have] done a superb job towards bringing a high-quality development and service to the Community, its parents and children, the business center and the surrounding Community within the neighborhood.
Please join me in helping to welcome Noah Webster [Schools] to the Community. I wish them much success,” said Lujan.
Another charter school for children in pre-K through sixth grade, Great Hearts Academy, is going to be constructed at The Scottsdale Pavilions. Both schools are slated to open in August.
Noah Webster Schools is known for its “digital, hands-on and challenging curriculum that is aligned with and goes beyond Arizona’s state standards and the technology-based STEM Academy,” according to the company’s Web site.
“We want to prepare [the future generation] for what is up ahead, and this school provides a unique curriculum to help our future generations get ahead in today’s society,” said Ludlow-Martinez. “This school really is going to touch everybody’s lives—not just the students, but the families that will be involved.”
On Tuesday, February 25, an outreach event to recruit children to the Noah Webster School, Pima Campus will be held at the Salt River Community Building at 6 p.m. Anyone who would like more information about the school, the curriculum or job opportunities is welcome to attend.