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Ramstein’s groundbreaking new school

Military and civilian officials conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for a new school building on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 28, 2018. The Kaiserslautern Military Community has pushed to replace its old school buildings with futuristic 21st century educational facilities, which are characterized by student-centeredness, energy efficiency, and flexibility to accommodate multiple learning styles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Magbanua)

Military and civilian officials conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for a new school building on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 28, 2018. The Kaiserslautern Military Community has pushed to replace its old school buildings with futuristic 21st century educational facilities, which are characterized by student-centeredness, energy efficiency, and flexibility to accommodate multiple learning styles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Magbanua)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community celebrated the groundbreaking of a new school building on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 28, 2018.

Students, faculty members, and 86th Airlift Wing officials welcomed the soon-to-rise Ramstein High School with a festive ceremony which included band performances and a choir.

Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD Education Activity, and Kaiserslautern State Construction Agency also attended the event.

“What makes a difference in the new school is how we will utilize it,” Sharon O’Donnell, Ramstein High School principal said. “The new school will be viewed as a tool. It will be a resource to enhance the learning that takes place within its walls.”

According to USACE Europe, the new school building is expected to open in 2021, and will follow the 21st century educational facility design, which are characterized by student-centeredness, energy efficiency, and flexibility to accommodate multiple learning styles.

The KMC has made a push to replace its old school buildings with futuristic 21st century educational facilities; Kaiserslautern Elementary School broke ground last year and Kaiserslautern High School is expected to open soon.

The amenities at the future RHS facility include science labs, computer centers, and learning spaces of various sizes.
O’Donnell described the project as an investment into the future, saying the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow.

“We are at the beginning of an exciting continuation of our march into the future,” she said. “The benefits for our students will be unlimited. On behalf of the generations who will walk the halls of the new Ramstein High School, I thank you for the importance you have placed on the leaders of tomorrow.”