CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) - For many, back to school shopping has started, but one area district already starts classes next week.
Construction to Cadott’s elementary school had staff looking for ways to speed up the project. With more work to do next summer, the district decided to start and end the school year three weeks early.
Heather Frisinger started setting up her first grade classroom in Cadott Friday, a bit earlier than usual.
“It came a lot faster than I expected I guess, but it usually does,” she said. “You get to start fresh every year and I'm excited for those new students to come in.”
A $9.5 million referendum passed last fall to renovate the Cadott elementary school. With five new kindergarten classrooms, a new gym and track on the way, the district decided to start classes Wednesday, about three weeks ahead of schedule, to finish in mid-May.
Superintendent Joe Zydowsky said everything is on schedule and on budget so far, with site work, the first of three phases, nearly complete. Although work is only being done to the elementary site, he said the whole district had to start at the same time.
“The summer of 2014, that's when the major renovation of the building inside happens. So we want to make sure we can start school on time, in Sept. 2014, thus needing that three extra weeks this summer,” Zydowsky said.
“We share so many services between our buildings. Not only through food service and transportation, but several instructors teach on both sides of the highway.” “There's been a lot of support. At the same time, coming back early might be tough now, but at the same time, it sure will be nice getting out early in May. “
Students, teachers, and parents said they were happy to have class back in session sooner.
“Sometimes the summer gets really long,” Cadott parent David Mackie said. “It helps us get back into routine with work wise.”
“Kind of excited because then I can go back and hang out with my friends,” Breven Mackie, who is heading into ninth grade, said.
School staff said the warm weather will also allow kids to do more outside and the early start will make transportation for fall sports easier.