WIND LAKE — School building and grounds work in the Muskego-Norway School District, made possible by last year's referendum, is moving along nicely, according to Jeremiah Johnson, director of operations for the district.
Construction projects included in the $43.18 million referendum are underway and projected to be completed by August 2018, despite getting off to a slow start due to a wet spring, Johnson said.
“The process we’ve gone through — involving the community and working with Bray Architects and C. G. Schmidt (the contractors) — has been incredible,” Johnson said. “The public will be really happy when they see the (results).”
As a result of the referendum, the district is moving towards a “3-2-1” model, wherein there are three elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Two elementary schools, Muskego Elementary and Tess Corners Elementary, will be closed after the 2017-2018 school year.
A new middle school is also being built, and its name was announced as Muskego Lakes Middle School at Monday's School Board meeting.
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The district is in the process of selling both closing elementary schools. The Muskego Elementary School property, S75 W17476 Janesville Road, was sold for $1.4 million to Corporate Investments, L.L.C. The sale was announced at the June 19 board meeting. The district is looking to get more money for the Tess Corners property, W147 S6800 Durham Drive, Muskego, and it has yet to be sold, Johnson said.
Lakeview Elementary School, 26335 Fries Lane, Wind Lake, the district's only facility in Racine County, is receiving a parking lot expansion, which should be completed by the time school starts this fall. Ground was broken Monday on that project, according to Johnson.
Mill Valley Elementary School, W191 S6445 Hillendale Drive, Muskego, also will be nearly doubled in size to make up for the closure of Muskego Elementary and Tess Corners, Johnson said. The conjoined Bay Lane/Country Meadows middle and elementary school, S75 W16399 Hilltop Drive, Muskego, is also undergoing an asbestos abatement, and will be converted into solely an elementary school.
As part of future planned projects outside of the referendum, the district will seek to renovate Muskego High School’s football field, adding a concession stand and restrooms, Johnson said. There has been around $700,000 contributed to the field renovations, which would also include artificial turf.
The district also plans to renovate the high school's pool, adding two additional lanes and expanding it south, as well as more seating for spectators and athletes alike.
Muskego-Norway had attempted to pass similar referendums, which were ultimately voted down, in 2010 and 2011. The district sought $34 million and $29 million in the failed referendums.
“The process we’ve gone through — involving the community and working with Bray Architects and C. G. Schmidt (the contractors) — has been incredible. The public will be really happy when they see the (results).”
— Jeremiah Johnson, director of operations for the Muskego-Norway School District