Construction starts soon at W-F High School
By Angie Landsverk
The landscape around Weyauwega-Fremont High School is about to change.
Construction outside of the school is set to begin.
That is after the school board approved bids for that phase of the district’s building and improvement project.
“People see the crane. They want to see the crane start moving,” Board President Doug Ehrenberg said during the board’s Monday, Sept. 25 meeting.
District residents can expect to see it do so on Monday, Oct. 2.
The board approved bids totaling $15.4 million when it met on Sept. 25.
Miron Construction is the construction manager for the overall project.
Thomas Daniels, the project manager, attended the meeting to present the bids.
This fourth bid package represents work related to the construction of the additions and the interior remodeling of the high school.
The first bid package, approved last May, was for renovations in the boiler room.
Daniels said the second bid package, which was approved in the summer, was for the precast wall panels for the classrooms, multipurpose gym and auditorium being added to the high school.
Prior to the awarding of this week’s bid package, the board approved a third bid package, which was for site work.
Last November, voters in the school district approved spending up to $21 million on a building and improvement program.
The approved referendum includes a $339,432 project at Fremont Elementary School and $20.6 million in improvements and additions at the high school.
The high school portion of the project includes the addition of four new classrooms, an auditorium and a multipurpose gym.
The four new classrooms are being built on the back of the school for science, agriscience and the school’s Project Lead the Way curriculum. A new greenhouse will be constructed there as well.
Daniels said the foundation for those classrooms is being poured now.
“We hope to have it up and running by the end of the year,” he said.
That will then allow for the renovations to the existing science classrooms in the school to begin.
The 400-seat auditorium, being built in front of the high school, is scheduled to be completed about a year from now.
The multipurpose gym – meant to eventually replace the gym in the district’s old middle school building on Main Street – is being built off the present high school gym area.
It is scheduled to be completed next July.
That portion of the project also includes the remodeling of the high school’s locker rooms and creation of a new workout area.
Remodeling of the locker rooms is scheduled to begin next March and be completed in July.
The fitness center project will take place when the new multipurpose gym is constructed.
The project at Fremont Elementary will be a new main entry along James Street.
It will involve moving the reception area and principal’s office from the interior of the building to the new entry.
That work will take place over next summer.
Daniels told the board all the items before it for Monday’s vote were bid competitively in the public sector.
The contracts before the board were the ones that met the scopes of the project and were the lowest bids, he said.
Daniels said the project is on schedule.
District Administrator Scott Bleck said it has been “quite a process.”
In other business on Sept. 25, the school board approved:
• A maternity leave for art teacher Lindsey Smith.
• The resignations of Emily Williams as the junior varsity girls basketball coach and Sam Schoenick as the C-Team boys basketball coach.
• Hiring Kristen Groholski for Fremont Elementary Food Service, Kelly Schalkowski for Weyauwega Food Service and Susan Akey for a student council adviser.