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New Bloomer Elementary School starting to take shape

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Bloomer (WQOW) - The building blocks of education are taking shape in bloomer. Earlier this year, voters approved a referendum to build a new elementary school. Work is now getting underway on the $17.5 million project. 

"We want our school to be used by our community, so the functionality of that building is very important."

The new Bloomer Elementary School is being built from the ground up.

"The footings have all been poured for the 4k and K wings, the first and second grade wing, the third and fourth grade wing, and starting this week on the gymnasium and office areas," said Bloomer Superintendent Dr. Mary Randall.

Construction began last month. The building was designed with the youngest students in mind.

"It is shaped like a pinwheel, and the goal was to have the central hub of activities not too far for little people to go. So from the farthest end of the wing to the central corridor is not nearly as far as those kids have to travel right now," Randall said.

Bloomer's enrollment has increased in recent years, and that's why the new elementary school will have eight more classrooms and will be 23,000 square feet larger than the current building.

"We are at maximum capacity, and we don't have any more room for expansion. We hired two additional teachers to take care of the growing enrollment that we have at the elementary school this year, and every single available space has been used," said Randall.

With the foundation already in place, the new building is starting to take shape.

"We fully anticipate that with the speed that they're working on this project, that it will be ready for the start of school in September," Randall said.

Enrollment is up more than eight percent in Bloomer in the last 10 years. When the building is finished, it will feature skylights the district hopes will make the new school more energy efficient than the old one.

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