Upgrade work on school facilities nearly complete

Finishing touches being put on Woodview, Kennedy buildings as district’s $39.9 million project winds down
Ozaukee Press Staff

As the fall semester winds down for teachers and students, the Grafton School District’s $39.9 million facilities project is nearing completion.

“By the end of this month, all the punch list items should be done at Woodview and Kennedy elementary schools,” Supt. Jeff Nelson said.

“There are still some things that will probably flow into the new year at the high school, but they are rapidly going through those punch list items as well.”  

Due to the frigid temperatures, work has been delayed at the high school’s west parking lot, where the former Grafton Elementary School stood before being demolished in fall.

“Instead of rushing and having the asphalt compromised in the next five to 10 years, we decided to hold that off and get it finished by spring,” Nelson said.

He also said landscaping, including the planting of trees and shrubs, has been delayed at the high school but should be finished in spring.

New flooring is being laid this week outside the high school’s new gym, a project postponed this fall because the condensation level was too high.

Most of the work at the elementary schools and high school is completed. Projects included classroom and collaborative learning space additions and updated technology. The schools also had gym space expansions and new kitchens.

Additional work included painting, replacing ceiling tiles and improving the schools’ heating, air conditioning and ventilation.

Infrastructure updates to John Long Middle School began in June and were completed in August.

All of the schools had new security systems installed.    

“I’m really proud of the spaces we have, and I’m proud to see our students utilizing those spaces in different ways,” Nelson said. “The updates present a great environment for our students to learn. It’s been an ongoing point of pride for our district and our students.”   

Grafton residents approved the $39.9 million project during a referendum vote in April 2017 after a $47.7 million referendum and $1.8 million plan to upgrade outdoor athletic and recreation facilities failed to pass the previous year.

The School Board is still considering public/private partnership agreements to finance improvements to the football, baseball and softball fields.  

Nelson said he expects those projects will begin in spring.




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