Kellogg, Madison head up next round of school rebuilds9/29/2017
The PPS School Board has officially approved the order of the middle school and high school modernization projects from the May 2017 Bond.
The Office of School Modernization was already given the green light to start the design process for Kellogg Middle School and Madison High School by the Board shortly after the bond passed. Now the schedule for all four project schedules has been established.
Kellogg construction is set to begin in the summer of 2019 and is expected to ready for students in time for the 2021 school year. The existing Kellogg Middle School building will be demolished and a brand new facility will be built.
Madison will move to Marshall High School during construction, set to begin summer 2019. Students would return to the new school in time for the 2022 school year.
Lincoln High School will begin next, with construction slated to begin in the summer of 2020. Students would move in at the beginning of the 2023 school year.
Like Kellogg, Lincoln High School will be a complete rebuild. The project will be completed in three phases. Staff and students will remain in the existing school while the new school is being built. The second phase will be the abatement and demolition of the existing school. The final phase will be restoring the fields in the area where the existing school currently is located.
The construction on Benson Polytechnic would begin in the summer of 2021 and is anticipated to be built in three phases, completed in 2022, 2023 and 2024. The plan is to have students continue to use different parts of the school and shift to areas that have been completed over the three years.
“The district has staggered the start of these projects in an effort to make them more efficient and cost effective,” said Jerry Vincent, Chief Operating Officer for PPS. “We wanted to make sure our large capital projects were not competing with each other for staff, skilled workers and materials.”
Regarding the project durations, Vincent stated “Overall the size and complexity of these projects are much greater than those in the previous bond. But if we can get them done sooner, we most certainly will.”