Spirits were high on Wednesday as the Waupun Area School District broke ground for a district-wide facility project that has been years in the making.
The first of three groundbreaking ceremonies kicked off with a parade of students, staff and the community that marched from Rock River Intermediate to the location of where the new athletic complex will be located at Waupun Area Junior Senior High School.
Site improvements for the 15.8-acre athletic field complex consists of a new track, soccer field, bleachers expandable to 1,500 seats, eight tennis courts and a 195-stall parking lot.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for other planned construction projects will take place at 12:45 p.m. on May 15 at Meadow View Primary, and at 2 p.m. on May 25 at SAGES in Fox Lake. Renovations and upgrades will take place at all four aforementioned schools. In addition, some highlights include a new gym at Meadow View, a new library/media center and green house at SAGES and an agricultural machinery shop and greenhouse at the high school.
The construction projects were approved by voters during the passage of a $36 million referendum in November. The projects will secure main entrances, improve parking lots, address aging infrastructure needs, resolve Americans with Disabilities Act code compliance issues, improve educational environments and build a new athletic complex at the high school.
Superintendent Tonya Gubin said the timing is right since there would be no tax increase due to the retirement of existing debt.
Eppstein Uhen Architects and CG Schmidt Construction finalized plans and designs, with project work planned in the summer months over the next two years to minimize disruptions to class time, school events and normal operations. The work areas will be separated from the student areas to maximize safety and security for students and staff.
"We are feeling pretty positive right now. We put a lot of work into this, spent considerable time debating issues and trimming down plans and we communicated like crazy," Gubin said.
Fond du Lac Reporter