LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area school district is getting closer to seeing a new elementary school. Today the La Crosse School District broke ground on the new building at the site of the former Northside Elementary School Franklin Campus. Parents and kids are excited about a new elementary school that will soon be a reality.
“Being all under one roof, all together, new technology, state of the art equipment, security and just a beautiful new sense of community,” said Kelly Mayer.
Students in preschool through 5th grade will all be in the same building when construction is finished. Previously, Northside Elementary School had two campuses, Roosevelt and Franklin, which was demolished this summer so the new school could be built.
“It’s really exciting, because I’m going to have my little brother be going here, and it’s going to be fun, because I went to the now old one,” said Paige Treakle.
Nancy McMullin had several family members go to Northside Elementary’s Franklin Campus. She’ll also has a great-great-niece who will get to use the new building.
“I’m thrilled, and I’m still subbing so I’m so excited to be able to be in a new building,” said McMullin.
Construction is expected to start next Tuesday. Superintendent Randy Nelson said the new building will provide students with modern learning spaces.
“We’re going to be incorporating into this more one to one, more small group instruction, which really has become a lot for necessary over the last few years,” said Nelson.
Construction on the new elementary school is set to be completed for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. A name for the new school hasn’t been decided, but the Board of Education will be working on that in the coming months. The district also hasn’t decided what will happen with Northside Elementary’s Roosevelt Campus once the new school is built.