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Stevensville still working out details of school calendar changes for construction

Stevensville still working out details of school calendar changes for construction
Posted at 10:16 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 00:16:15-05

STEVENSVILLE — Stevensville School District leaders are working out final details of how to continue operating around major construction projects with ground set to broken in April.

Final designs are being wrapped up now to build the new sections for Stevensville elementary and the high school, which are being financed through the $20-million in bond issues approved by voters last fall.

The projects include improvements on campus for safety, security and efficiency. There's construction of the new Agriculture and Tech Center, retrofitting aging building systems, and reconfiguration of the parking lots and the way school buses circulate.

Preliminary site work begins this spring. The bulk of construction will last through next school year into the fall of 2021.

"Obviously with the disruption of school services and trying to work construction, remodels of classrooms. And we're looking very closely at how we can accomplish the number of required hours that we have to meet for the Office of Public Instruction, the State of Montana for accreditation," said Bob Moore, the Stevensville superintendent. "And how we can maybe lengthen our school day, get out earlier in the school year and allow for more construction time where they can come in and not have to work around students in the buildings."

Architects will be briefing the staff, students and public about the construction impacts during an open house Tuesday starting at 7 pm in Building "D".