LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - It's the first new public school in La Crosse in 20 years and it's almost complete.
The new Northside school is scheduled to open in just five weeks and Steve Stefferud, the project superintendent, said its 90% complete.
The 87,000 square foot building will hold 500 students from the Franklin, Roosevelt, and Montessori schools, making it the biggest elementary school in La Crosse.
Kermit King is the Energy Manager for the School District, he said the building has the latest and greatest in new technology. Every classroom will have smart boards, digital whiteboards, and the new building will have a cafeteria and gym in separate locations. Compared to the old Franklin and Roosevelt schools that had the cafeteria and gym in the same room.
The library of the new school will have air conditioning, it didn't before. A geothermal system 400 feet underground that consists of 66 wells will control the heating and cooling, making it more energy efficient.
Stefferud said "that's definitely not something you'll find in the other area schools." Almost every single room will have a window also cutting down electricity costs.
All 21,000 square feet of the main playground will be imitation turf, so students can use it year round. King said the community is going to use the field very heavily so they went with the imitation turf.
Crews had to put in some overtime to catch up on lost time from the winter. They put in 6 day work weeks to catch up on things like painting and putting in window treatments.
The new school is scheduled to be finished August 15th, the first day of school is September 2nd.
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