After several failed referendums and countless hours of planning, meetings and community engagement efforts, the $17 million project to construct the new junior/senior high school at the current elementary school was approved in April.
Parkview students – past and present- were part of the crowd Tuesday morning as the Parkview School District broke ground on the school’s long- awaited $17 million construction project.
Several close to the project spoke, including Bryan Brauer, co-chair of the referendum committee, Steve Lutzke, Superintendent, and high school senior, Brenna Rosser, about what this change would mean for the community, staff and students.
Somerville is the architect leading the design of the new school while JP Cullen is the construction manager.
The current plan is for foundation and exterior wall work to be completed by January. The interior work will finish up in the spring with site work wrapping up shortly after in the summer. The new school will be ready for classes to begin in the fall of 2015.
Once that phase of the project is completed, the work to remodel the current elementary school into the new junior/senior high school will start in the summer of 2015 and continue into the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year.
This project is close to Joe Schwengels’ heart, JP Cullen’s On-Site Superintendent, as he currently has three sons in the district.
“The thing with construction that I get the most enjoyment out of is seeing the building done and completed. With this one, it will be cool because I’ll actually be using it,” he said.