Spring cleaning took on a whole new meaning at Wessington Springs High School (WSHS), as teachers and staff cleaned, purged and packed up classrooms on the lower level of the school. The entire first level of the school had to be vacated in preparation for the arrival of construction crews Monday who are starting in on a $4.5 million renovation that voters approved in January.

Before kicking off the project, a group of volunteers came together to move desks, boxes, shelves, drama props, sheet music and everything in between last Friday evening, moving and storing away items from the classrooms that will be moved back in later this summer. 

Construction crews went to work on Monday, building barriers at the bottom of the stairs to close off the construction zone while students finish out their last few weeks of school. Teachers from the lower level are holding classes in temporary spaces upstairs until the last day of school May 18. 

Construction is also underway in the auditorium and choir room. More moving will take place after the school year concludes and school staff will turn over the rest of the building to the project lead, Johnson Controls, on May 23.  

August 20 marks move in day to the more than 100-year-old renovated school, with classes commencing after Labor Day. 

After a narrow loss in a November 2017 bond election, voters approved a $3.5 million bond to renovate the school in a January 30, 2018 election. The bond decided upon in the January election was $1 million less than in November’s bond election. By utilizing capital outlay funds to pay for the balance of the $4,557,185 project, taxpayer implication decreased to .37 per 1000. The total cost of the bond along with the processing fee to obtain the bond are included in the $3.5 million.