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Construction site tour

Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools Kraus-Anderson Project Supervisor Bill Born (left) points out where the gymnasiums will be in the new school site to WDC School Board member Peter Hayes.

Wadena-Deer Creek School Board members toured the construction site on Monday, June 27 to see firsthand the progress being made on the new grades 5-12 school.

Kraus-Anderson Project Supervisor Bill Born led WDC School Board members Peter Hayes, Dan Toedter and Ann Pate, as well as WDC Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom and WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant on a guided tour of the construction site, pointing out where certain areas of the school would be and explaining how the project remains to be on schedule. Despite the rainy, windy conditions on Monday, work continued on the cement footings and earthwork on the site.

The second phase of bids were opened on Tuesday at Wadena Memorial Auditorium. These bids include the majority of the interior materials needed for the new school.

The new $38 million, 174,000-square-foot school will house 800 students in grades 5-12, making it both a middle school and a high school. Rebuilt on the existing site, the new two-story school is designed to incorporate the newest principles in K-12 learning in an eco-friendly, energy-efficient environment.

WDC High School was severely damaged by an EF4 tornado on June 17, 2010.