District prepares for summer of construction

CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU)- While many school districts are forced to delay summer break because of weather cancellations the Cadott School District is starting it early to get going on construction projects.

Fifth grade teacher Kathy Danielson has called her classroom a home away from home for more than 20 years, but Monday after all of her students left it was time to start packing up and preparing for changes.

“I'm just trying to imagine what it’s going to be like because for all of these years I have had it this way,” Danielson said as she worked to pack up items around her classroom.

Construction at Cadott Elementary began last summer after voters approved a $9.5 million dollar referendum in fall of 2012 to pay for new classrooms, a new gym and a new track.

Superintendent Joe Zydowsky says the final phase of construction will start a week from Monday when crews start tearing down the walls of the elementary school and transforming it to a school for 21st century learning.

“The building has temporary walls. We really did not have some of the technology and learning environment for our students to have success,” Zydowsky said.

The biggest thing teachers say they are excited to get rid of is temporary walls separating classrooms.

“Thicker walls where we can't hear each other will be very nice,” Danielson said.

“Having hallways and classrooms and doors will not only be more secure for our students but it will also be a much better learning environment,” Zydowsky explained.

Before all the changes can start, the school year must come to a close. In order for construction to be complete on time the district opted to start classes in mid-August. This Thursday marks the last day of classes for students and the start of a long wait for teachers and students excited to see the school transformed.

“To see a plan on paper then to have it happen it’s going to be amazing to see the difference in the school,” Danielson said.

The Cadott School District says construction is set to be complete by the end of August. The district will start classes in the renovated building on September first.

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