WEST SALEM, WI (WXOW)—The West Salem School District said there's not enough space for the district to keep adding students to the middle and elementary schools.
"We're going to continue to grow in terms of student population in our K-8 facilities," Troy Gunderson, West Salem Superintendent said. "We're at maximum and we want to have discussions now before we're in such dire need we become desperate."
The middle school, built in 1981 needs updates.
"It's very compact, tries to be efficient but it has narrow corridors," Nick Hildebrandt, StruXture Architects said. "Some water leakage in the basement."
The district said improvements also need to be done at the front entrance of the elementary school so visitors have to walk past the main office.
"Currently a lot of the main entrances have stairwells built into the vestibule so a person is able to come into the building and go where they want to with out first being checked into the office," Hildebrandt said.
The district has two solutions to its problems.
"When you start looking at the long term 20 year solution to this we may be better off investing our money into a new space rather than continuing to upgrade that space," Gunderson said.
He said there are pros and cons to both solutions which is why they're asking for the communities input.
The district is hoping to have a referendum for the project in April and they would like to open the new facility in the Fall of 2016.
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