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McKinley Elementary School Celebrates Groundbreaking

Wauwatosa School District held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony at McKinley Elementary School today. The groundbreaking represents the continuation of a $124.9 million facilities referendum project that will replace four elementary schools and address prioritized needs across other District properties. 


The ceremony was attended by members of the Wauwatosa School Board including president Dr. Eric Jessup-Anger, vice president Shawn Rolland, treasurer Michael Phillips, along with District Superintendent Dr. Phil Ertl and building principal Jean Hoffmann. Members of the Plunkett Raysich Architects design team and the VJS Construction team also attended the ceremony. The group observed social distancing guidelines and wore District-branded masks.


The event was broadcast on Facebook to allow members of the community to participate virtually. Photos of the event can be found here.


The celebration comes on the heels of McKinley Elementary School’s 90th birthday party, held in March, 2020.  


“The critical importance of increased security, flexible learning spaces and greater accessibility cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Phil Ertl, Wauwatosa School District superintendent. “We look forward to providing students at McKinley Elementary School with enhanced space and resources, and empowering them to more effectively reach their goals.” 


The building design was created by Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP and will be executed by VJS Construction Services. The property is scheduled for completion in summer 2021.