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While the school board has the final say in naming the new elementary school, the Reedsburg School District is looking for some help in naming its new building.

The district launched a contest for community members to suggest names for the new elementary school. The deadline to submit names for suggestion is midnight Oct. 26. Communications and Media Specialists Kari Stanek said so 203 names from businesses, current and former students have been submitted as of the Oct. 22 board of education meeting. After the deadline, a naming committee will begin sorting through the list of names the week of Oct. 29-31 with a narrowed selection scheduled for release for the community to vote on Nov. 1.

Stanek said anyone interested in submitting a suggested name can call the district central office phone number at 608-524-2016 or submit a form on the school districts website rsd.k12.wi.us, where a link will bring them to a Google Docs form to fill out a suggested name, meaning behind the name suggestion and contact information.

The deadline to submit a vote from the final list is Nov. 5-6 with the naming data scheduled to come before the board at the Nov. 19 board meeting. Stanek said anyone within the community can submit a name.

“It’s going to be a great educational building for our students in the future so we want to have a nice name for the school,” Stanek said.

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The interior of the new school will have different themes to represent some of the surroundings of the community throughout the building with the different class “pods,” like the 400 State Trail along the Baraboo River, forestry, industry and wetlands.

“We’ve really utilized the surrounding Reedsburg area to help bring that to life within the building and hope that will generate some ideas of names,” Stanek said.

District Administrator Tom Benson said the construction of the new elementary school building, which will house students in third through fifth grade, continues to “move along at a nice pace” and is on schedule for completion sometime next summer. It is scheduled to open for the 2019-2020 school year.

He said the foundation of the new school has been completed and construction has moved to putting in walls, pouring cement flooring and adding a roofing system. He said construction crews are working on “bundling up” the exterior of the building to begin building the interior of the school during the winter months.

He said the construction of the transportation/maintenance facility is “coming along nicely.” He said metal portion of the building containing that will contain the maintenance and wash bays expected to be delivered by the end of the Oct. 21-27 week with construction taking place in the coming weeks. Benson estimated the facility may be completed before the end of the calendar year.

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