School additions begin to take shape

It’s one thing to know that a school needs more space. How to best meet those needs while staying within a budget is the question that must now be answered.

The Maple Lake School Board met in a special meeting on January 9 as the school district moves forward with its construction project.

In November, voters approved a $6,980,000 referendum to add 16 classrooms and other improvements to the elementary and high school, along with a second referendum for a $1.75 million gym/multi-purpose facility.

The first item on the January 9 agenda was to determine how much of the project could be completed in time for the start of the 2008-2009 school year.

Four elementary classrooms were previously cited as an urgent need and are designated as the priority for completion in the fall. The four rooms will be added to the south wing of the building, with most of the construction project slated for completion in the fall of 2009.

Also under consideration for early completion were replacement of carpeting and repair of the terrazzo floors in the elementary, addition of a second serving line in the elementary cafeteria, technology improvements, elementary office renovations, an additional kindergarten room and revamping of the traffic flow in the south parking lot.

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.