Madison High School Completes $14.5 Million Renovation
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
November 17, 2013 8:50 PM
Madison High School is just shy of 50 years old. It’s a building that has had little to no renovations until now. The school has undergone a $14.5 Million renovation, which should help them provide a better education.
Madison High School was showing its age, forcing the community to make some much needed changes.
"We were not preparing students well enough in our opinion to send them out We told the public that we were not impeding the teaching and learning process," said Madison School District Superintendent, Vince Schaefer.
Residents voted to approve a $14.5 Million project bond to make improvements. Now, a year and a half later, the community is touring the finished product.
"Our children that are graduates are better prepared today than they have in years past," said Schaefer.
Madison School District Superintendent Vince Schaefer says every room in the high school has been renovated to some extent. It’s rooms like the auditorium and the library. But the biggest change is a 66-thousand square foot addition for a science wing, complete with labs and classrooms.
"It was to the point where we couldn't teach the advanced sciences that we needed to teach them today,” said Schaefer.
There's even a new culinary arts kitchen.
“When you go down there you will see a kitchen that is preparing men and women for the culinary arts,” said Schaefer.
In the past, athletic competitions were held at the middle school and the Dakota Field House, now MHS has a gym. It seats more than double the amount of people than it did in the old.
"We have never had a home varsity gym for Madison to compete in," said Schaefer.
The building may have a different floor plan than what students are used to, but officials say it’s a change in the right direction.
"We're hoping that people will recognize Madison as a place to move, grow and become," said Schaefer.
The school also has a new choir, band and art room. The renovation was paid for by a tax supported bond, an interest free loan from the state and capital outlay bonds.