The fate of Peshtigo’s proposed new middle/high school now rests in the hands of the district’s voters.
The Board of Education met with representatives from Miron Construction and Somerville Architects Monday to review plans for the construction of a $29.9 million school. Much of the discussion centered on the potential to expand the two-station gym in the current site plans to a three-station gym to allow for more space for athletics and performing arts. The existing school’s multi-purpose room is frequently used for gym classes and sports practices and Middle/High School principal, Chad Sodini says without a third gym station in the new school, athletes may have to compete for the time and space to practice.
District Administrator Kim Eparvier says if the district’s learned anything from previous failed referendums to fund a new school, it’s that they need to do a better job of communicating what exactly they’re asking for and why.
The school board unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a two-part referendum question for the April 3rd election that will first ask voters to consider the construction of a new middle/high school at a cost not to exceed $29.9 million and second, to consider upgrading the gymnasium in that new building from two stations to three for an additional $950-thousand.