MIDDLETON (WKOW)-- A deteriorating school in Middleton is getting new life. Kromrey Middle School had trouble with mold in the past, but now it's nearly done with the 1st phase of its renovation.
Middleton Cross Plains school district administrators laid stones for a pillar in the new 5th grade portion of the school.
“It’s really sort of a christening of the building to a certain extent,” said the district’s superintendent Don Johnson.
This is just phase one of three in the $49 million rebuild of the school, originally constructed in the 1960s.
“It definitely needed repair,” said school board president, Bob Green. “We had mold issues, things we did our best to remediate but it was just beyond simple repairs.”
And as construction on the outside of the building progresses, inside- it's already starting to look like a school. The lockers are in place and the classrooms are taking shape. The building even includes an amphitheater for student and community use, that over looks the Pheasant Branch Creek Conservancy.
“We have a great integration with Pheasant Branch in connection with the reserve, which is going to be part of the curriculum,” Johnson said.
The 5th grade wing will be ready for students in the fall. It solves an overcrowding issue at the elementary schools and administrators believe it will give students more opportunities to learn.
“It's going to be a great transitional program for them because they're going to have more access to music, art and physical education facilities,” Johnson said.
Kromrey's remodel is funded by a 2012 referendum. Johnson says the public's support for the project will benefit the entire city- with the new facilities accessible for community events.
The second phase of the remodel is the 6th through 8th grade wing which will be finished in October.
Then about 85 percent of the old Kromrey school will be demolished and new gymnasium facilities will be built. The entire project should be finished by the fall of 2015.
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