Groundbreaking ceremony held for Kaohsiung American School
CNAKAOHSIUNG--A groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus of Kaohsiung American School, as well as a celebration of its 25th founding anniversary, were held Tuesday in the southern city.
September 25, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Amid a festive atmosphere of lion dancing and against the beating of gongs and drums, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Deputy Director Brent Christensen and Gary G. Oba, director of AIT's Kaohsiung branch, wielded the ceremonial groundbreaking shovels.
Kaohsiung American School (KAS) is a private, nonprofit pre-K-12 institution with just over 500 students offering college preparatory programs leading to a U.S. high school diploma, according to its website.
At the ceremony, Chen noted that the school first rented a dormitory belonging to Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital for use as classroom space, then rented Kaohsiung Municipal Fudong Elementary School for two years from 2001.
In 2003, it rented the Shengli Primary School's old campus in Tzouying District and maintained the lease until the present day.
The school has hired architect Chen Yu-lin to design and oversee the project, which will be constructed on the old Shengli campus.
Chen noted that when the school first rented the property, it topped the outer walls with razor wire and broken glass to deter break-ins, but after she stepped up police presence in the area, the glass and wire were removed.
She also expressed happiness that an old campus of one of her city's primary schools has been revitalized.
In addition to Kaohsiung, American schools are also located in Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung and Tainan.