Hobart prepares for construction of new elementary school
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Hobart prepares for construction of new elementary school

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HOBART — Construction of a new elementary school in Hobart could get started in August.

The school, which hasn’t yet been named, will be at least 70,000 square feet, Hobart schools Superintendent Peggy Buffington said. The one-story facility is planned for property at 52 N. Wisconsin St., and it will have 24 classrooms and several other specialized rooms.

Buffington said the school will open in August 2020. The district plans to start with about 500 students there, and there is room to grow.

“It’s going to be a great asset to the community,” Buffington said.

The site design followed dozens of forums in which school officials gathered input from the community.

“Even though it’s a school, it’s very homey,” Buffington said.

Plans include green space and the creation of a sidewalk around the property for recreation purposes.

Buffington said the green space area will be surrounded by a fence that will be locked while school is in session. The area will be opened after school lets out for Pop Warner and other activities.

The city's Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Board of Public Works and Safety recently supported several requests associated with the project.

Among them were the approval of the site plan and a one-lot subdivision.

The subdivision will provide right of way to the city so it can complete infrastructure improvements around the school, City Engineer Phil Gralik said.

He said that will include traffic-calming applications to address speeding in that area.

The new elementary school project comes after Hobart voters last year approved two referendum requests that are revenue-neutral and won’t involve a tax rate increase.

One supports the construction of the new elementary school, a swimming pool at the high school and other school upgrades. The other supports the operating budget.

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