Construction on school district's athletic complex to begin this week


West Liberty School District Superintendent Shaun Kruger gave an update to the Board of Education about the construction projects happening in the district at the meeting Monday, Sept. 19.

Kruger said the footings were pretty much completed for the addition of the new Early Learning Center, which will be attached to West Liberty Elementary School.

“The foundation is (being) put in between footings,” Kruger said.

Piping is beginning to be placed below the cement and the subsoil is being compacted by the construction crews currently, he added. Once this is done the flooring will be installed.

The northwest wing at the elementary school is gutted. This is where the new kindergarten classes will be.

“They’ve torn out walls and they’ve got it pretty bare,” Kruger added. “It’s almost to the point so they can start building that back up.”

A pre-construction meeting on the athletic complex was held with the general contractors, he said. Construction was set to begin last week or this week.

Rathje Construction, who the district awarded the contract to, was going to get their construction equipment to the field next to the high school so they could start moving dirt, Kruger said.

Other items covered at the Board of Education meeting included:

• Review and approval of the 2022 Certified Annual Report;

• Review and approval of the 2022 Special Education Supplement report;

• Approval of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Aligned Impact, a group in Muscatine County focused on supporting children from toddler to twelfth grade with access to affordable childcare, reading proficiency and achieving grade level math scores. They also assist with career exploration for middle school students and assist high school seniors with being ready for college when they graduate or career training.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, at in the school district’s boardroom located at 1103 North Elm Street in West Liberty.