Districts prepare to welcome students back to school

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CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU)- It’s almost time to crack open the books and welcome new students back to school. That means school districts have just two weeks to weeks to get ready.

For Altoona and Cadott schools, getting ready for classes this year we'll take more work than before.

“The best part is bringing our kids back this year and seeing all the progress that's being made and the new classrooms,” Cadott Elementary Principal Jenney Larson said.

After three long months of demolition, construction and renovation Cadott Elementary is ready to get put back together just in time for the start of school.

Cadott Elementary Prinicipal Jenney Larson says students coming back to school this fall will see a lot of changes in the building including more hallways, windows and doors.

“The biggest change will be the sound in this building. With the old open concept design, the walls didn't go all the way to the ceilings so the sound spread through the classes,” Larson said.

The Cadott School District isn't the only one undergoing changes this school year. New this year to the School District of Altoona, the district offices have moved to make room for classrooms in the elementary school.

“We are bursting at the seams at the elementary at the intermediate school and the middle school and the high school,” Altoona Superintendent Connie Biedron said.

Superintendent Connie Biedron says a space crunch in the district ultimately lead them to the decision to purchase a house next to the high school where five people including herself will work. Their old office space will now be turned into space for classrooms.

“Rather than dislocate students and teachers we thought it would be best to relocate our lives to create four classrooms and a teacher space from what used to be the district office,” Biedron explained.

Both the district office project in Altoona and the remodel process at Cadott Elementary are expected to be finished by the start of school.

Classes begin for both districts on September 2nd.

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