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Groundbreaking ceremony for Wadena-Deer Creek School scheduled May 6

This is a view of the main entrance of the new Wadena-Deer Creek School that wil

WADENA — The first ceremonial shovel of dirt for the new Wadena-Deer Creek middle/high school building will be turned over on at 3 p.m. May 6. 

The WDC school board plans to invite local and state government representatives to the ceremony, which will recognize the efforts of the community and school committees that helped make the project possible. The public is welcome to attend to celebrate the kickoff of the new school facility for grades five through 12. Refreshments and a light meal will be served after the ceremony on the building site grounds.

Construction on the new school is scheduled to begin in May and will be built on the same location of the former high school. The $38 million project is set to be completed by the fall of 2012. 

The former high school, built in 1965, was severely damaged by the June 17 tornado that ripped through Wadena and the surrounding area. The cost of the building project is being funded by insurance. 

The school is being considered a “high-performance school” by Perkins+ Will, the school’s architect. High-performance schools are specifically designed to create a healthy environment for learning while saving money and the environment.