Now that the referendum has been approved, it’s full steam ahead for the Marinette School District on a $30.9 million plan to right-size their facilities. The project involves closing down Garfield Elementary and Sunrise Early Learning Center and moving those students into redesigned Park and Merryman Elementary Schools. The new additions at those buildings will cost just shy of $23 million, while roofing projects, renovating the Middle School cafeteria and restrooms, installing a new fire alarm system at the High School and upgrading the library/media center there will eat up the majority of the remaining funds. Melanie Parma with Somerville Architects and Engineers spoke to the Board of Education this week. She says Somerville will work hand-in-hand with construction manager CD Smith to keep the project moving along on a fairly aggressive timeline.

The design phase for the project is currently underway. The work is expected to be put out for bids in the spring and the district is hopeful construction will begin next summer. It’s anticipated the entire project will be done and students will be moved into their new spaces by the start of the 2022-2023 school year.