Phase II of Elementary Project Set to Begin
By Supt. Lee Westrum
Phase II of the elementary building project is set to begin June 3rd and will be finished in time for the start of school, Sept. 3rd. Phase II will include remodeling the 3rd and 4th grade east wing, the lower level west wing and the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms in the west wing. HVAC upgrades will be completed in the library area and the area adjacent to the office.
In addition, the Auditorium will get a new roof and the condensation problem in the attic area of the auditorium will be remedied. Masonry restoration will be made on the school and auditorium and a new brick façade will be installed on the east wing below the windows.
The outside of WDC Elementary will be undergoing a major transformation during Phase II with the addition of a new bus pick-up and drop-off area where the east playground currently sits. The playground will be moved to the area where the “yellow house” and the “Bottemiller house” sat before they were moved last summer. The portion of Dayton Avenue from 2nd street to 3rd street will be closed off to facilitate these changes.
The new playground is going to be an exciting addition for the elementary students and the community. The playground will have a poured-in-place surface that is designed to cushion falls and allow access for students who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility. (SEE DESIGN BELOW.)
There will also be inclusive playground equipment that can be used by all children. The old “dirt field” will be replaced with a new open space for football, soccer, tag, etc. that is being constructed with field turf. We decided on field turf because there is no way to grow grass in an area that sees so much repetitive use.
We can’t wait to finish the project this summer and get settled into what will be an exceptional facility, inside and out, for the children of WDC and the community for many, many years.
In closing, I would like to thank the members of our community for supporting the referendum in the fall of 2017 that made this building project possible. The foundation of a good school is a community that values education and I can say without question that the citizens of District 2155 care deeply about education and the school system. It is with that solid foundation that we forge ahead to provide an outstanding education for the students of WDC Schools.
As always, please call or stop by if you have questions or concerns about any of our programs. I can be reached at 218-632-2176 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org