Construction is wrapping up in Little Chute, and Local 5 got a first look
Thursday at the renovations made possible by a referendum.
David Botz, District Administrator for Little Chute Public Schools, says that the district came together to make the project reality.
“[It took] a lot of effort from a lot of people within the district,” he said. “Obviously it wasn’t possible without the support of our communities.”
To allow for the completion of all the major projects, administrators decided months ago to delay the start of the new school year.
“As we got into the details of the project and how we wanted to approach it, and the timeline we decided to accept, which was very aggressive, we decided to push the year back by one week,” Botz expained.
Students will begin school on Monday, and will make up the lost week by going one week later ahead of summer break.
All that’s new at the school includes a modern library, learning spaces for students to study and work, an all-new cafeteria, space dedicated to “Flex Academy,” the district’s charter school, and new weight and aerobics rooms for the athletic department.
“It’s exciting to come into a district that has cutting edge technology, cutting edge environments for students to work,” said Tyler Petersen, who is beginning his first year of teaching for the district.
Although school will begin Monday, work on the new and updated facilities is not expected to be completed for months.
“I’m anticipating the project not being 100-percent complete probably until January or February of next year,” Botz said. “But it will be those subtle things that need to be completed.”
Even so, students are ready to start the year in the new facilities.
“I’m really excited,” Jon Schertz, a senior at the district said. “The library is going ot be really cool, the new cafeteria looks really awesome. I’m just overall very excited to have a new building and excited to pass it on to new generations.”