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Renovations adding space, new programs to Washington Central schools

WASHINGTON (WEEK) – Construction projects are progressing at Washington Central School District and students can see it for themselves.

Expansion on their facilities started in June after voters approved a nearly $12 million bond issue in March 2018.

Art programs as well as space is being added. Plus more room for the band and choir.

The issue: enrollment at the primary and intermediate schools has grown for several years.

“This is my fifth year and every year we continue to grow,” said Dale Heibreder, superintendent of Central School District 51. “We’re up 44 students this year and up over 1400 total, which we’ve never seen before.”

“So, we hope this is something that will last for a long time and we wouldn’t have to build anything else.”

The two buildings in the district are each expanding by at least 14,000 square feet. Plus renovations such as connecting them when the project is done next August.

The district also kicked in some reserve funds, brining the total project cost to just under $14 million.

Jason Howell

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