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Spring Valley moves forward with summer renovations

The original portion of the Spring Valley Elementary building was built in 1929. Additions came in 1950, again in 1968, and finally in 1973. The school board will be sending a community survey to all district residents about the future of the school. File photo

Summer renovations just getting started at Spring Valley Middle/High School. The school board heard an update on the status and timelines for summer renovations and repairs at its June 18 regular meeting. The renovations include a new parking lot, new LED lighting and new floors in the locker rooms. This is all in addition to normal summer maintenance, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Haack.

Haack said Backwoods Electric started installing new LED lighting in the gym on Monday, June 18. The project will take about a month.

Work on the parking lot and locker room floors will begin in July.

He said summer deliveries will be made to the elementary school or bus garage in order to avoid having heavy trucks drive over the new asphalt parking lot at the middle/high school as long as possible.

School Safety Initiative Grant

Spring Valley is aiming for a school safety grant. The district worked with CESA #10, Haack said, to develop and submit an application to the Wisconsin Department of Justice for a school safety grant.

Haack said the district has mainly targeted the middle/high school and is looking at improvements such as more radios, safety film for windows and doors, upgrading the camera and alarm systems, making a more secure main entrance, and having automatic closers on doors to the wings, which could be used in case of an emergency.

"We hope to be able to do more than $60,000 worth of upgrades through the grant," Haack said, "and do more upgrades with our own resources."

Haack said the district has not yet heard back on the status of the grant application.

Elementary update

Spring Valley Elementary Principal Dan McGuire and Haack met with representatives of SDS Architects and Market & Johnson Construction Monday, June 18, to discuss program needs for the elementary school.

"We have been paring down the scope of the program from the original program," Haack said, "and will likely scale it down even further over the coming months.

"We will have a phone conversation with representatives from School Perceptions next week to discuss the construction of a community survey to determine what people think about a new or remodeled elementary school including if we need to do something, where it should be, how much it should cost, etc."

School Perceptions will help the district develop a community survey to go out in early fall. This survey will gather Spring Valley School District residents' opinions on various options for the elementary's future. Those options may include renovating the current building, or building an entirely new elementary facility in a different location.

If a new facility is built on a different site, the board has discussed the possibility of keeping the gymnasium downtown for JV and middle school games and practices and for community use.


The school board also recently approved new salary schedules for staff and support staff, both of which include a 1.5 percent increase per step.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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