Update - New Elk River Area Schools

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  • Briana Warner
  • 10/2/2018

10/1/18 -- Update for Both Elk River Schools

Update on the new High School:

Design, educational specs and plans are continuing.

KCS is currently in the property acquisition stage for the new school property at Givens Fork. The land is owned by a local church that is willing to sell the land. The property is undergoing an appraisal that will determine fair market value.

In order to move forward with property acquisition, we must have the funding in place to pay once property appraisals have been completed. We are working right now with the SBA and FEMA to make sure that funding is available when needed.

Once the property is purchased, we can begin the timbering process and begin moving land. That is estimated to occur in December.

The high school is still scheduled to be complete in 2021. The timelines can be moved forward or back depending on paperwork approval and weather.

Update on the new Elementary School:

Design development will be complete by the end of the month. They’re continuing to work on permits.

KCS is currently in the property acquisition stage for the new school property at Wolverton Mountain. They have identified 25 parcels of land and are still working to make sure those are all. Property appraisals are being done now on all of those parcels. Letters have gone out to all property owners and we’re trying to make contact with those who we haven’t heard from.

In order to move forward with property acquisition, we must have the funding in place to pay once property appraisals have been completed. We are working right now with the SBA and FEMA to make sure that funding is available when needed.

Once the property is purchased, we can begin the timbering process and begin moving land. That is estimated to occur in December.

The elementary school is still scheduled to be complete in 2020. The timelines can be moved forward or back depending on paperwork approval and weather. 

9/17/2018 -- New High School Update for the Elk River Area

The project team for the new Elk River Area High School is currently working on the design of the school facility as well as the site and access road. Access to the new school will be via a new road connecting to Frame Road across from the DOH facility on the Given’s Fork property. The site will include the school, a geothermal well field, separate bus and drop off loops, parking areas, dry retention ponds and athletic fields including football/track, baseball, softball, soccer, and tennis. Practice fields for football and soccer will be included and various buildings for team lockers, concessions, press, toilets, storage, etc.   

The school design is based on the Program of Spaces developed over the last year with KCS and Elk River area educators. The process includes defining the educational goals, assessing the physical needs and translating these into a document indicating space needs, relationships and square footage that is used by the architects in designing the school.  

With this as a guide the architects are currently working on schematic layouts. This includes meetings with various school system departments such as food service, health services, maintenance and others to ensure that their needs are met in the new facility. Meetings with the school administration are ongoing including security, safety, school operations, etc. 

The site design is concurrently being developed and will include an access road meeting DOH standards. Turning lanes will be included. The access road will be located on the left side of Given’s Fork stream and rise in elevation to the school site approximately 200 feet higher than the entrance elevation. It is at this point that the earthwork cut and fill calculations balanced so that hauling dirt on public roads could be minimized and dollars saved. Project designers are working with various local, state, and federal agencies through permit processes.

KCS is negotiating with owners on acquisition and rights of way as the access road will serve both the school and future site developments on the residual parcel not required for the school.

The anticipated opening is in 2021. 

Additional information and updates on KCS flooded schools will be provided at the Oct. 1 board meeting and at the Oct. 8 LSIC meeting for the Herbert Hoover area. We will update this web article again at that time.