August 9, 2023 at 6:00 a.m.
As renovations continue on the elementary school, Sauk Centre Public Schools may temporarily need to have some students learning offsite for a couple of weeks when the 2023-24 school year begins.
During the school board’s Aug. 7 committee meeting in the school media center, the board received an elementary school renovation project update from consulting firm SitelogIQ. Following the report, Superintendent Don Peschel notified the board about how some classes would potentially need to be held offsite until the construction’s completion.
An initial plan has been formed but has needed frequent adjustments as construction continues. The school intends to notify staff of their plans this week and then communicate with parents next week.
“I don’t want to get to a situation where it’s continually changing, which it could,” Peschel said. “Right now, the goal is to keep as many grade levels on site as possible. Right now, we’re looking at maybe one being offsite, maybe a couple other sections of a grade level, but that’s in the works.”
It is the school’s aim to not have any classes or sections offsite for more than two weeks. The new elementary addition will not be ready until January 2024, which means Kid Connection, preschool and early childhood education will be displaced until then, but that was part of the school’s original plan.
The location change may also mean a calendar adjustment for the early 2023-24 school year, which the board will be working on during a special meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14.
“We’ve spent a lot of time on this,” Peschel said. “We will try to do what’s best for our students, families and staff.”