School upgrade plans get thumbs up from village

Designs for new Ozaukee High cafeteria, auditorium approved by Fredonia Architectural Review Board

PLANS FOR Northern Ozaukee School District’s new cafeteria (top) and auditorium were approved last week by the Village of Fredonia’s Architectural Review Board. Construction is expected to start in January. Renderings courtesy of Bray Architects
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Expansion of the Northern Ozaukee School District facilities approved by voters last spring moved another step closer to reality last week as the Village of Fredonia Architectural Review Board approved plans for the cafeteria and auditorium.

With that, construction of the 16,000-square-foot addition to the east end of Ozaukee High School should begin next month, officials said. It will consist of a new high school entrance, cafeteria and kitchen.

The cafeteria and kitchen will also serve Ozaukee Elementary and Middle schools.

The auditorium will replace the current cafeteria, which doubles as an auditorium. The new cafeteria will also serve double duty in the evenings as a practice gym. The current gym will remain.

Mark Schuchardt of Bray Architects showed interior and exterior drawings and floor plans of the addition, as well as samples of building materials.

The concrete auditorium floor will be sloped to accommodate permanent auditorium-style seating. The existing kitchen will become a dressing room and staging area for performances.

Construction is slated to begin in January, Schuchardt told board members. About 75% of the floors and ceilings throughout the buildings will be replaced.

“I am very pleased,” Board Chairman John Long said of the presentation.

Long also was pleased with a new traffic plan that allows two-way traffic in and out. The current plan is one way in and one way out, which sometimes is confusing to people.

“The parking has always kind of been problematic,” Long said.

District Supt. Dave Karrels said there has been “mounting excitement” as the day to break ground on the addition draws nearer.

“There has been a high level of excitement for how this will really transform our school campus,” Karrels said. “Overall, the entire referendum process has gone very well.”

The district has shared videos, photos and renderings with the public, primarily on social media and on the school website, he said.

“There has been some very positive feedback on how these areas will look and be used by our students, staff and the community,” he said.

The plan to upgrade facilities was approved in an April referendum by 64% of voters.

Karrels said Lukens Excavating has put in place a temporary parking lot south of the high school to create additional parking during construction and in the early spring fencing will be going up.

School will let out early for the year, with the last day of classes being May 31.

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