Superior’s Cooper Elementary School In Finishing Stages

Some of the upper grade level classrooms will have their own bathrooms.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cooper Elementary School in Superior is expected to be open and ready for students to start classes in Sept.

The project is well ahead of schedule.

When finished it will be a new two story 95,000 square foot school.

The school is being built to look more like a house and will feature an east and west wing on each floor.

It will also include something you don’t see often in a school, a sky bridge that will make it easier for students to get to class.

Crews are still hammering away as they move through the finishing stages.

“We’ve got a lot of painters, dry-wallers, tapers, wall–framers,” said Kraus-Anderson Construction Project Manager Paul Noll. “We’re installing window glazing, just finishing up with some of the brick over on the north side of the gym, so we got work going on , on the inside and the outside of the building.”

Staff should be able to tour the school by this spring.

We’re told teachers are already picking out furniture to set up their new classrooms.

Students will pitch in and get their hands dirty doing some of the work too.

“At the end of day this is going to be their school and we want community input,” said Cooper Elementary School Principal Aaron Lieberz. “We want to be a welcoming school for our community members, so that’s a very big part of the design in the building and it’s also a big part of the process.”

This June the existing Cooper Elementary will be demolished to make room for the parking lot and athletic fields.

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