ELM CREEK, Neb. (News Channel Nebraska) — Construction is officially underway on the new elementary school building in Elm Creek.
The school district held a groundbreaking ceremony for the nearly $12 million project this morning.
Superintendent Dr. Bret Schroder says he is grateful to the community for adopting the 20-year bond to pay for the project.
“For the community to come out and say, you know what, we agree and we support that,” Schroder said. “We want our children to have good, solid facilities. We want our staff to have the equipment and facilities they need to teach, that means everything.
The new structure will be on the northwest side of the school grounds and will replace the existing 100-year-old elementary building. The district aims to open the new building in August 2023 and promises a top-notch facility.
“We want good quality, we want the right space for our kids, we want a building we can be proud of,” Schroder said. “One of the things we’re not going to do is cut corners.”
The new building will accommodate students from kindergarten to grade six and will offer two classrooms per year. It will also include a multipurpose room and a new CTE or boutique space. Schroder says Wi-Fi access will be improved with the new building, a boon for teachers.
“It makes a big difference to our teaching and how we can plan lessons and better meet the needs of our kids,” Schroder said.
Classes continue in the current school until the new building is ready. Then, the old school will be razed and eventually become a playground.
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