Elementary School Construction

Thank you to our community for recenlty approving a referendum that will build two new elementary schools for our district! 

  • The design of these schools is in progress with a September 2018 opening date.
  • A Boundary Task Force has been created to gather input and provide a recomendation to the School Board determining which students will attend the new schools. More information can be found on the Boundary Task Force  webpage.
  • The work of a Visionary Team has begun. The Visionary Team consists of 14 District staff representing Building and Grounds, Support Staff, Secretaries, Technology, Innovation and Assessment, Teachers, Principals, Student Services and Administration. The District is partnering with Eppstein Uhen Architects and Findorff Construction to design the new schools.

What concepts are driving the discussions and design:

  • Students are the Vision; student learning is focal
  • Flexibility of space to allow for freedom in teaching and learning for the future
  • Additional capacity to give the District space and tools to inspire students to learn
  • Deliver the project on time and on budget - schools opening September 2018

Work has included:

  • Developing a shared understanding of modern learning environments
  • Developing goals and drivers for the design of our new elementary schools
  • Designing an overall building layout which includes core learning spaces, exploratory spaces, support spaces, administrative spaces, outdoor learning spaces
  • Creating and reviewing classroom configurations
  • Designing the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC)
  • Determining the site orientation and traffic flow on the properties for both schools

What are the goals of the Staff Visionary Team?

  • Ongoing staff engagement throughout the design process. In November over 70 staff members from across the District participated in feedback sessions about the design.
  • Staff will be updated with new information along the way.
  • Updates to School Board as well as work sessions at critical milestones
  • Regular updates will be given to parents and the broader community as the project advances
  • Planning is underway for student engagement in the process.

These draft designs were created using the valuable input from our talented staff. Please note that these designs are currently drafts and subject to modifications.

 

Draft Classroom Concept

 

 

Draft Pod Concept

Draft School Concept

 

 

Student Engagement

3rd graders at all 7 elementary schools were given the opportunity to review draft color concepts and place their vote for the two new schools. While each school will have the same building layout, the color pallette will be different. We will soon see what they chose!

We are one of the fastest growing districts in the state!

  • In the past 10 years, the District has grown by over 2,420 students.
  • Six out of seven elementary schools are over capacity today
  • Enrollment growth projections estimate more than 1,600 new students by 2025.

The need for more space is not about "if," but "when" and "what we should build first"
as we strive to be the school district of choice in Wisconsin.

 

Learn More about the Referendum by Clicking the Hyperlinks
Referendum Information Tax Impact Voting Information
2016 Fact Sheet Tax Calculator Absentee Voting Information
Fall 2016 Newsletter, Page 1 Tax Impact Chart November Ballot Questions
Fall 2016 Newsletter, Page 2   Polling Locations & Info
Preliminary Conceptual Site Plans   Voting in Wisconsin
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Name Title Email Phone
Dr. Brad Saron Superintendent Email (608) 834-6502
Clark Luessman Interim Executive Director of Operations Email (608) 834-6683
Patricia Lux-Weber Communications & Engagement Officer Email (608) 834-6562
Jeffrey Butler Director of Facilities & Grounds Email (608) 834-6567
Phil Frei Director of Business & Finance Email (608) 834-6510
Victoria Claas Executive Assistant to Assistant Superintendent Email (608) 834-6687
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