2024 - FACILITY AND LONG-RANGE PLANNING

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Kewaunee School District - Facilities Planning History & Update

We are excited to share that we are continuing our partnership with EUA and Miron Construction as we focus on the next phase of the District’s long-range facilities plan. Our District worked hard to develop the long-range facilities plan to meet the district’s needs and are committed to continued conversations as we look ahead to future needs of our students and community.

Phased Approach to Facilities Planning

Kewaunee began its long-range facilities planning journey a decade ago in 2014, starting with a comprehensive facilities assessment to understand building conditions. In collaboration with EUA and Miron as our planning partners, we identified and prioritized district-wide facility needs. This culminated in a successful $16.2 million facilities referendum in 2015, addressing aging infrastructure, enhancing safety and security at our High and Grade School buildings, and modernizing key instructional areas such as science and agriculture labs, technical education, family and consumer education, the library media center, along with the construction of a new auxiliary gym. Additionally, the closure and removal of Hillcrest, the former district office building, paved the way for the development of our soccer fields. These Phase 1 projects have positively impacted our students and community and were completed on schedule and on budget. Soon, we will be paying off a portion of debt which creates a window of opportunity to further invest in our facilities.

Next Steps – Community Feedback this Fall

The investment in Phase 1 of the long-range facilities plan has updated some of our major building systems and modernized targeted learning spaces, however additional needs still exists. In 2014 over $26M of facility needs were identified yet through feedback provided through a community-wide survey process, residents indicated support for approximately $16 million. Our goal with Phase 2 of our long-range plan is to pick up where we left off 10-years ago, primarily to address remaining building system and site needs, and to continue providing modern, flexible educational spaces our students and community can be proud of for generations

Here are a few things to know about our long-range facilities planning process and where we are today:    

  • EUA and Miron are currently updating the facilities assessment by evaluating the current state of our buildings and grounds.

  • After the facility assessment has been presented by EUA and Miron to the School Board and community in June, the district will begin to explore preliminary solutions to identified issues over the summer. Staff and community will have the opportunity to learn about these potential projects and provide feedback and input when we return to school in the fall of 2024.

  • At this time, no specific projects have been prioritized, selected, or confirmed. The district will be asking the staff and community to provide feedback as the process moves forward through informational workshops as well as a survey process. The soonest we would even consider presenting a potential Phase 2 facilities project to our community would be the Spring General Election in April 2025.

 The goal is to identify a needs-driven, fiscally responsible solution that continues our long-range facilities plan and responds to community values and priorities. We promise to keep you informed along the way and invite you to join in the process.

Questions? Comments?

If you have questions or comments, please contact Superintendent Scott Fritz at (920) 388-3230 or sfritz@kewaunee.k12.wi.us

Thank you!