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District, Community Celebrate Groundbreaking at New Middle School

ISD 728 welcomed distinguished guests, staff and members of the construction community to an official groundbreaking for its fifth middle school, Prairie View, Monday, October 5, 2020. 

The event included members of the ISD 728 School Board, as well as other District partners in the project, including representatives from Wold Architects, Stahl Construction, members of the Otsego City Council, Mayor Jessica Stockamp and Rep. Eric Lucero and Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer. 

“We are excited to take the next step in delivering on the promises we made to the residents of our District through the 2019 referendum,” said Dr. Daniel Bittman, ISD 728 Superintendent. “Prairie View Middle School will provide modern learning spaces and new opportunities for our students on the southern end of our District, as well as new capacity for our growing population. With COVID, areas saw a decrease in students, but we can tell you we keep growing – and will keep growing – here in the south end of our District.”  

ISD 728 voters approved a $113 million bond in 2019, paving the way for the new school building, as well as improvements to buildings around the state’s eighth-largest school district. Dr. Bittman noted his appreciation for the community’s support, and their willingness to invest in our children. Other projects will include updates and new construction at activity areas at the District’s three traditional high schools, reconstruction and renovation at Lincoln Elementary and the Handke Family Education Center, as well as numerous improvements related to parking lots, heating and cooling systems, and roofing throughout the ISD 728 community.

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