In the early morning hours of a Sunday in May a fire damaged most of Hoven’s high school building.
The damage was done to the building, but not to the district’s determination to move forward and this fall construction was completed on a new building that included an Ag Shop and Wellness Center.
“The ag shop needed repairs following the fire and the idea for a wellness center came out of discussions of a new building and how best to build and repair the damaged building from the fire,” Hoven Superintendent Bob Graham said.
Hoven’s ag shop and wellness center are located in the same building with the ag shop featuring a classroom, paint room, wood working-welding room, an auto mechanic area and three vehicle garage area off the auto mechanic area.
“The ag program now has a permanent classroom and the shop area has updated materials to work with,” Graham said.
The wellness center includes free weights, bikes and treadmills and in addition the building contains a bright and welcoming commons area.
Faculty and students worked together in moving into the new building, which has received a warm welcome from the community.
“There are a number of benefits for the district,” Graham said. “The community has two buildings that they are proud of and both can be used for community activities.
“These buildings will meet community needs today and in the future.”