Sturgeon Bay School District Breaks Ground on Big Construction Year: Early bidding, early buying holding costs down

Posted on May 25, 2021 by Education

How can schools afford their major building additions when the costs tripled and quadrupled during the past year for 2-by-4s and plywood?

Sturgeon Bay public school officials held their groundbreaking ceremony the evening of May 19 for additions to Sunrise Elementary, Walker Middle School and the high school, but the district locked in its costs with bids and specifications almost a year ago, Superintendent Dan Tjernagel said. Still, he knows people have experienced sticker shock on certain building materials when they shop for themselves.

Eric Brandt, Miron Construction’s site manager at the Sawyer Elementary School addition, said his company bought most of the materials for the Sturgeon Bay projects before costs skyrocketed and is mitigating increased expenses to the best of its ability.

Voters in winter 2020 approved the $16.8 million referendum for additions to the high school, middle school and Sawyer and Sunrise elementary schools with a 1,885-to-953 vote. The district will close Sunset Elementary and move the preschool, four-year-old kindergarten and K5 classes into the Sawyer addition. The 8,500-square-foot addition at Sawyer includes four classrooms, a multipurpose room and six restrooms, and it’s more than 85% complete.

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