Waupun school construction finishes early
WAUPUN — Following several intense months of summer construction at the Waupun School District, project management firm CG Schmidt announced Thursday that teachers were able to return to the school ahead of the scheduled completion date of Aug. 31.
Voters in November 2016 approved a $36 million referendum with the work being completed mostly during the summers. The project includes retrofitting secure entrances, improving parking lots, addressing aging infrastructure, resolving the Americans with Disabilities Act code compliance issues and improving educational environments.
“Thanks to a lot of very hard work by our own work crews and subcontractors, we’re happy to say that we were able to get teachers back in their classrooms earlier than was initially anticipated, giving them more time to prepare for the 2018-2019 classes,” said senior project manager Rebecca Schloer.
Construction projects have been underway at the district’s four schools since June 2017. The bulk of the construction work has centered on upgrades and maintenance, new athletic facilities and improved educational spaces at Rock River Intermediate School, Meadow View Primary, Waupun Junior/Senior High School, and SAGES Charter School.
A few craftspeople will remain behind the scenes on site throughout the beginning of the school year to ensure everything is operating smoothly, as well as to finalize exterior site work like asphalt paving and adding new sidewalks.
“All of the substantial work is finished; students and staff won’t experience any disruptions to teaching or learning,” said Schloer. “I’m very proud of how hard everyone, from the district staff, to the construction crews, has worked to make this project such a success. This is a time to celebrate for the district and we’re happy to have been a part of it since day one.”
“The general contractor and subcontractors were able to come in under the deadline while staying on budgets,” said Steven Hill, new district administrator. Teachers will be able to get into classrooms and prepare them for our wonderful Waupun students.”
According to Hill, there will be some work that needs to be completed behind the scenes but it will not affect instruction. He is hopeful that furniture delivery will also go smoothly and will be completed during the last week of August.
“I am very excited to welcome our students into these wonderful learning spaces. Waupun, Fox Lake, and associated communities are going to be extremely proud of these community assets. They are second to none in the state and will help provide an amazing environment for a world-class education.”