School projects expected to be finished before classes start

Board to discuss where baseball and softball teams will play in future
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

As the start of the school year nears, the district’s $39.9 million facilities project is on track to be completed by September.

On Monday, the School Board took a tour of Grafton High School, which is finishing its new classrooms, adding dry wall and will have its sprinkler system inspected by the fire department.

Schools Supt. Jeff Nelson said while everything is on schedule at the high school there isn’t much time to spare before classes start on Sept. 4.

“The high school needs the most work accomplished in the next couple of weeks as we look at occupancy,” Nelson said. “We’re working to make sure we meet our specific deadlines.”

Kennedy and Woodview elementary schools have an extra week before teachers can begin occupying their classrooms. Work is scheduled to be finished before classes start Sept. 7.

Demolition at Grafton Elementary School is expected to start next week. 

The district recently received $83,000 from a state school safety grant that will be used to update the schools’ security system and install safety glass at all the entrances.

Outside of the school facilities projects, the board is determining what it will do with its athletic fields.

During Monday’s meeting, the board asked the administration to come back with more information before it votes on the location of the baseball and softball fields that are currently at John Long Middle School.

Athletic fields were not part of the 2017 school facilities referendum that was approved by voters. It initially failed to pass the year before when it included athletic projects.

The board is considering naming rights for its fields to help finance the athletic fields project.

“We need the board to approve the long-range plan (for athletic fields) so we can showcase that to various donors,” Nelson said.

Nelson said naming rights would have to be approved by the board. 

“We want to ensure any naming rights and logos are appropriate for a school setting, so all donor contributions would have to be approved at the board level,” Nelson said. “We are fortunate enough to be in a community that supports our schools and athletic programs.”

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