Chippewa Falls School District narrows down sites for proposed schools

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEUA) -- Two locations are now under consideration for the building of a proposed high school and elementary school in Chippewa Falls.

The Chippewa Falls School District now has an idea where the replacement site for Stillson Elementary and a new high school would be located.

“We put together an ADHOC team including staff members, business officials, parents, municipal representatives and looked at what was available to us for options in Chippewa Falls,” said district superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos.

The move hinges on a two question referendum poised for the November 8th ballot.

The first referendum question asks for more than $61 million and would allow for the rebuilding of Stillson Elementary School about a mile west of the current location.

“Within about a mile of the current Stillson location there is a parcel of land owned by a private land owner who said he'd be willing to talk about potentially selling us a piece upon successful passage of question one of the referendum,” explained Eliopoulos.

While Stillson Elementary School says the main reason it needs to be rebuilt is the building itself, Chippewa Falls High School says the issue is space.

Eliopoulos said the school has grown too big for the current facility which is why they hope to move the middle school into the high school building and to expand the high school by building on land across from the new fire department site.

Eliopoulos added, “For a high school this size the state recommends between 65-80 acres so it was an extra challenge finding parcel that large within the city proper.”

The second referendum question is looking for $98 million that would mainly concentrate on building the potential Chippewa Falls High School on 72 acres currently owned by the state and adjacent to the Premium Water, Inc.

“There's a lot of vacant land and we know where we put schools results in other development so we anticipate future development for our community,” she added.

Eliopoulos said the move will not only help the district but improve and expand the community as well.

Mayor Greg Hoffman helped narrow down the choices for the high school location.

Hoffman said he agrees with the choice saying he understands, “there are current concerns because we'd be on the southeast corner of the city. The school has been on the West Hill for years and I appreciate that but I think from a traffic flow, future expansion, on-site parking, and more control of the campus, I think that's the best location.”

The district is currently hosting informational session on the referendum questions

There are five more sessions scheduled around the community.

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