After months of hard work administration, students and staff ceremoniously broke ground on the new addition at Lake Mills High School May 9.
“It’s nice to see so many students out here today, because this project benefits you directly,” said School Board President Dr. Richard Mason. “It’s nice to know the citizens of Lake Mills are making an investment in you. You will benefit from this.”
Mason thanked the citizens of Lake Mills for their support of the referendum.
“The people of Lake Mills have generously given to the school district for successful referenda. We have built a new middle school, a new elementary school and now we turn attention to the high school.”
Lake Mills Elementary and Middle schools are both Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified. LEED is a national certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage the construction of energy and resource-efficient buildings that are healthy to live in.
“We are the only district in the entire nation to have two schools with Platinum certification,” he said.
“Referendums don’t come easy. It’s a lot of hard work,” he said. “The planning is done, and the actual building project begins today. There will be many more meetings and discussions before the project is finished.”
“Our students will be directly benefitted from this project for years and years to come.”
District Administrator Pam Streich discussed the community support and synergy it took to make the referendum happen.
“In my opinion one of the most rewarding experiences is to come together to create something that is so much more than any one person could create alone, that’s synergy,” Streich said. “This project began very simply, we knew we needed more classroom space, we knew we needed improvements in specific areas like Family and Consumer Science and the weight room. We knew we had safety issues at Campus Field.”
She said they worked with the school board, Eppstein Uhen Architects and Miron Construction to develop plans to address the issues. Numerous listening sessions were held.
“Staff and community members pushed us to expand our planning to include more enhancements to the building including the tech education areas,” she said. “We surveyed the community and held 28 listening sessions and successfully passed the two referendum questions to borrow the money we needed to Continued from Page
do these projects.”
She said because of the amazing creativity and synergy of the team the district will be able to add even more to the project that what was originally brought to the community.
There will be four new English classrooms, a new library media center, two new business classes, the schools store, new offices, restrooms and study areas. In the technical education wing a new food science suite will be made up of agriculture and family and consumer science departments.
“There will be enhancements to all areas of the technical education department including a new maker space.”
There will be a wellness center with a weight room.
Outside the school there will be a new multi-purpose athletic field for football, soccer and physical education space surrounded by a new eight lane track. The field will be made of artificial turf, which will allow it to have more use for the district.
“All of this started with the simple need for more space and a need to enhance some areas, but in the end through creativity and synergy, every student that comes through Lake Mills High School will benefit from these enhancements.”
Streich told students this process is a lesson for them to be able to work on a team and listen to others as well as bring their own passion and skills to a project.
“Being a contributor to the synergy of a project is an amazing feeling and a rewarding experience,” she said. “I hope this project and your ability to watch it unfold inspires you to see yourself in a future career.”
High School Principal Cale Vogel thanked the voters of the district for supporting the project.
“I can’t express how excited I am for what lies ahead,” Vogel said. “The completion of this project will ensure our students receive a top-rated education in state-of-the-art facilities.”
He said these next months will be some of the most exciting of his career and the building has come a long way since he started teaching here in 2006.
“At LMHS we have amazing students, supportive parents and community and a talented and dedicated staff. Now with these additions and improvements coming soon I think we have the total package.”