New Facilities Enhance Environment at Willow Lake

Meeting the needs of students was on the minds of those in the Willow Lake School District when they broke ground on their building project.

In June of 2015, the two-phased building project set out to update and add to the school’s classroom, library and other facilities and construct a new activities center. The district saw it to fruition this year.

“Our motivation was to update and improve the functionality of our facilities,” Superintendent Scott Klaudt said. “We identified 5 major benefits to our district.”

Those five benefits included:

  1. Offers more flexible academic scheduling to allow the district the chance to offer additional curriculum within a positive environment;
  2. Provide a safe environment and enhance school safety and security;
  3. Affords the opportunity for facilities to offer Adult Education in the new library media center;
  4. Modernizes the district’s technology infrastructure;
  5. Enhances athletic equality for practices, games and facilities.

Those benefits and informational meetings brought the community together on the plan.

“The Willow Lake community was very supportive of the idea,” Klaudt said. “We conducted four public informational meeting to discuss the vision the community had going forward, as far as the size of the project and the limitations.”

“From these meetings came the vision based on needs and not wants.”

Funded with capital outlay certificates, the project renovated and replaced the district’s nearly 90 year old, two-story building, provided a new place for activities and brightened up the school’s entrance, reception area and classroom and library spaces all in the name of student achievement.

“Providing a positive and modern learning environment to all of our students and the flexibility to meet their needs to be successful achieves our goal of college and career readiness,” Klaudt said.