Edkey Inc. – Sequoia Schools celebrated the opening of Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Verrado Way & I-10 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and “Meet the Teacher” night with students and their parents. The elementary and secondary schools are located at Verrado Way and the I-10 in Buckeye, Ariz. The school will provide students in grades K-11 with the highest quality teaching and an outstanding learning environment.
“One main component that has been missing in this community has been a school that is both high-end in academics and athletics,” said Mark Plitzuweit, Edkey’s President and CEO. “I think what we have been able to build for this community is something that will go on for years to come as a proud legacy.”
The students and their families that attended the ceremony celebrated a space where the future generation can truly thrive. Joshua Hernandez, an 8th grader who will begin classes on the new campus, helped commemorate the moment by cutting the ribbon with school officials and community members present. He was chosen by his principal for living out the school’s vision.
“Today’s ceremony is a reminder of our school’s vision, which is to prepare our teachers and students for the future and develop individuals with leadership skills, STEAM+ knowledge, and a strong work ethic,” said Jacob Jacobo, Sequoia Pathfinder Campus Director.
The 35,727-square-foot facility with 20 classrooms, gymnasium, performance platform, warming kitchen, administrative offices, restrooms, storage, fire suppression system, and outdoor playground equipment, was built by Willmeng Construction and designed by SPS+ Architects’ Neil Pieratt, who had designed many of Edkey’s schools. During construction, Pieratt sadly passed away. In honor of his impact on the community, Edkey dedicated Sequoia Pathfinder Academy to his legacy.
“Knowing that I’m never going to be able to build a school with him ever again makes my heart heavy,” said Willmeng Partner Keith Sabia, before the dedication. “I know his work always touched the Edkey family and the community members of this school.”
The employees of Willmeng Construction would like to give our deepest condolences to the family of Neil Pieratt during this difficult time. We also extend our thoughts to the SPS+ Architects team and anyone else mourning this loss. We truly believe that Neil’s impact on the community will be felt for many years come, and the students, faculty, and staff will be able to thrive in their learning environment because of his efforts.