Published December 11, 2014
By Devin Corbitt, The Belton Journal
The Belton Independent School District broke ground Tuesday on a building designed to house animals and other FFA equipment.
“We have been talking about an ag barn for several years,” BISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said. “This has been a dream of our (school) board, and today we get to celebrate the ground breaking of our new ag barn facility, which will open in May.”
More than 700 students within the school district are involved in agricultural courses, with about 600 in the FFA program, the fourth largest in the state.
“This is a big deal,” Kincannon said. “It’s going to impact a lot of kids and be really good for our district.”
“Today we’re making a presentation of $5,000 to help construct a really nice entryway out here to show everybody the quality of the program we have here in Belton,” BEEF President Jay Taggert said. “We’re proud to be part of that. Thank you for all that you do and what you’re going to be able to provide out here. Congratulations.”
The entryway will be 21 feet wide and 16 feet tall with an archway engraved with “Belton Independent School District” and “Belton FFA,” along with six different animals.
Welders in the BISD FFA program will assist in the construction of the entryway.
“This barn has been many, many years in progress,” Brad Hobbs, Ag Science teacher at Belton High School, said. “I’m taken away by this. We’ve worked on this for eight years, and it’s here.
“We live in a town that’s landlocked, and we realize our kids will not live on a farm and have nowhere to keep animals. So they’re missing an experience of our program. With this barn, more of our students will have the ability to raise and show animals.”