Members of Keller Masonic Lodge No. 1084 presented a cornerstone to be mounted on the Keller Center for Advanced Learning—located at 201 Bursey Road—on Aug. 26.

According to a Keller ISD news release, members of the Keller Masonic Lodge and the Grand Lodge of Texas joined KISD administrators, trustees and community members for the dedication ceremony. It was the first cornerstone ceremony for the lodge in more than 110 years.

The backstory

According to the district news release, a Masonic cornerstone ceremony is a special occasion and tradition in freemasonry that dates back to the earliest days of the craft. The stone itself is built using ancient tools to be certain it's square, straight and level, symbolizing the strength in the foundation of the construction of the building, the entire community, and the hearts and minds of the thousands of students who walk through its doors.

Quote of note

“It was an honor to witness such a historic ceremony,” KCAL Principal Lindsey Rudnick said. “The support we've had from our community and business partnerships over the years is only enhanced by recognition from this highly renowned organization, whose rich history and traditions have created generations of leaders. We are truly humbled to be the only Keller ISD campus to receive this distinction.”

The details

The KCAL cornerstone will be mounted on the northeast corner of the building in the coming month, commemorating the final stages of the campus's renovations and expansion, the news release stated.

To help meet the growing educational demands in KISD, the KCAL is expanding classroom and program spaces. The project will also add additional parking for the campus.

Chief Communications Officer Bryce Nieman said the expansion is primarily being done to accommodate growth in industrial trades courses. Voters approved the expansion as part of Keller ISD's 2019 bond package.