Milaca ALC addition, school parking lot nearing completion; retention pond addressed

The area learning center/classroom addition at the Milaca Schools facility is nearing completion.
The $4.35 million addition includes space for an area learning center and expanded high school classroom space.
The addition was to be complete on July 15, according Robert Sumner, director of communication education and facilities. But because of a infrastructure problem, in which poured concrete resulted in the buckling of some steel, completion of the addition is now planned for around August 1. Contractors had to do demolition on part of the building and rebuild the area affected by the buckled steel, Sumner said.

The Milaca School District’s extensive parking lot project is moving along on schedule.
Sumner reported that the curb and gutter has been poured and a final grading of the new parking lot’s sub-surface has been completed. At the July 17 school board meeting, Sumner indicated that contractors were ready to lay down the first lift of asphalt on the parking lot.

Safety of retention pond addressed
A storm water retention pond being constructed in conjunction with the parking lot project has raised concerns among parents of some elementary school students, some school board members reported. The pond is a zoning requirement of the City of Milaca that is mandated because of the size of new impermeable surface being installed at the schools.
At the request of board members, Sumner said he would look into installing a fence around the retention pond that will make the area a safer environment for young students.