Upon completing a district-wide facilities assessment, SDS Architects worked with the School District of Cashton's School Board to prepare material to help educate the public on the needs of the aging infrastructure. This information, along with the assistance of School Perceptions, helped successfully pass a $12.3M referendum in April 2013.
As a result of the successful referendum, the 67,450 square foot, 2.5-section school will transform into a 3-section facility by means of a 21,000 square feet of additions along with nearly 5,000 square feet of remodeling.
Safety was a driving factor when considering the function and location of the new kindergarten wing. Located off the northwest corner of the existing school, the addition will allow for one main entry point for all students, staff and visitors. This location allows for a door leading from the vestibule to direct visitors into a new front office for check-in, while also providing clearer visibility of the building's grounds for the office staff. In addition to new offices, seven new classrooms, a nurses station, and new toilet rooms will also be included in the addition.
The school's existing courtyard will be in-filled, creating a larger cafeteria space, remodeled kitchen spaces, and expanded kitchen storage. Existing classrooms that will be vacated by the relocation of 4K and kindergarten classes will be remodeled and re-purposed to form academic support spaces serving special education, psychology, and speech therapy. In addition, mechanical upgrades throughout the school will be made.
Site modifications include a new, separate, safe student drop-off for parents with some limited visitor parking. The existing parking lot will remain and serve as a safe and centralized bus drop-off point for students. An area to the southwest of the school will also be designated as an area for future additional staff and event parking.