Renovations on schedule for La Crescent-Hokah schools

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WKBT) – Construction is right on schedule for La Crescent-Hokah Public Schools and its big renovation plans.

In April 2019 voters approved a $23.6 million referendum to update the buildings, mainly for the elementary school, but renovations were also included for the middle and high school.

Construction first broke-ground in May. Wieser Brothers General Contractor along with other local contractors have been working hard all summer to keep things on track, and thanks to some nice weather everything is going as planned – maybe even a little better.

“The weather has been pretty good throughout the summer, they were able to get ahead with the closing of school early last spring, we got ahead of some things,” said Superintendent for the La Crescent-Hokah School District, Kevin Cardille.

The majority of updates for the middle and high school have been finished. They include a water and heating system, new science and art rooms, a guidance office area, and a cafeteria. The school’s new entrance will most likely be completed by Spring 2021.

Currently a new two story wing is being added to the elementary school. It’s expected to house 1st and 4th graders once completed. A brand-new commons area and library are also underway, which will feature a large glass window, the gym is also being completely gutted and remodeled.

While things have been going smoothly, Cardille says a recent shortage in supply and an increase in demand is making it difficult to access materials.

“Our science labs are all done at the high school, except for our countertops. The materials for that come evidently from China and that’s backlogged.”

The countertops are expected to arrive soon, and should be completed in the next few weeks. All renovations are expected to finish in late September or October of next year.

For more details on progress and planning models for the La Crescent-Hokah Public Schools renovation click here.