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Snapshot: Groundbreaking ceremony held for new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School

Pictured from the left, Lt. Col. Kristen Dahle, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District commander; Jessica Marelli, Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education president, Camden, Del.; Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.; Kate Rohrer, Kent and Sussex counties, Delaware director for Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.; Col. Joel Safranek, 436th Airlift Wing commander; and Hossam Ibrahim, Dobco, Inc. vice president, break ground for the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Pictured from the left, Lt. Col. Kristen Dahle, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District commander; Jessica Marelli, Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education president, Camden, Del.; Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.; Kate Rohrer, Kent and Sussex counties, Delaware director for Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.; Col. Joel Safranek, 436th Airlift Wing commander; and Hossam Ibrahim, Dobco, Inc. vice president, break ground for the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A conceptual view rendering of the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School is displayed on the podium during a groundbreaking ceremony June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A conceptual view rendering of the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School is displayed on the podium during a groundbreaking ceremony June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A  rendering of the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School is displayed on the podium during a groundbreaking ceremony June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A rendering of the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School is displayed on the podium during a groundbreaking ceremony June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A  rendering of the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School is displayed on the podium during a groundbreaking ceremony June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A rendering of the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School is displayed on the podium during a groundbreaking ceremony June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A rendering of the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School is displayed on the podium during a groundbreaking ceremony June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A rendering of the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School is displayed on the podium during a groundbreaking ceremony June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A rendering of the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School is displayed on the podium during a groundbreaking ceremony June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A rendering of the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School is displayed on the podium during a groundbreaking ceremony June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Col. Joel Safranek, 436th Airlift Wing commander, speaks to attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity will be built at the football field across the street form the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have more than 105,000 square feet in learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Col. Joel Safranek, 436th Airlift Wing commander, speaks to attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity will be built at the football field across the street form the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have more than 105,000 square feet in learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., shakes hands with Jessica Marelli, Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education president, Camden, Del.; prior to the start of a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., shakes hands with Jessica Marelli, Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education president, Camden, Del.; prior to the start of a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project, federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be built on the football field across the street from the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have over 105,000 square feet of learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million  project federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity will be built at the football field across the street form the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have more than 105,000 square feet in learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity will be built at the football field across the street form the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have more than 105,000 square feet in learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Jessica Marelli, Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education president, Camden, Del., pose for a photo after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million  project federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity will be built at the football field across the street form the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have more than 105,000 square feet in learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Jessica Marelli, Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education president, Camden, Del., pose for a photo after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity will be built at the football field across the street form the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have more than 105,000 square feet in learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Jessica Marelli, Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education president, Camden, Del., pose for a photo after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity will be built at the football field across the street form the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have more than 105,000 square feet in learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Jessica Marelli, Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education president, Camden, Del., pose for a photo after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Welch Elementary School/Dover Air Base Middle School June 3, 2019, in the family housing area at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The $48 million project federally funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity will be built at the football field across the street form the Youth Center and adjacent to the existing elementary and middle schools. Scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2021 school year, the new building will have more than 105,000 square feet in learning space for approximately 490 students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

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