The dust has settled from the recent April 2 election and for the Camdenton R-III School District, that means it is time to move forward with building projects.
The passage of a bond issue allows for renovations and additions to the current Hurricane Deck Elementary and a brand new building for Osage Beach Elementary.
Superintendent Tim Hadfield was unable to release the location of the new OBE before the election, but recently told the Lake Sun that the new school will be built on Nichols Road near Sycamore Creek Golf Course in Osage Beach.
Duenke Family Properties sold 20 acres of land to the district. According to Hadfield, the family made a sizable donation to the District regarding the property.
“This site was chosen after an extensive search for property in the Osage Beach area,” he said. “The district had a number of sites it investigated. Several of these areas required a significant investment to build the infrastructure to place a building on the site. The City of Osage Beach helped also to guide our decision to investigate the Nichols Road area.”
The idea of new elementary schools came about after noticing an increase in students and the need for more space. Not only will the students that attend the outlying buildings receive the space they need, but they will also have access to the same type of resources as students on the main campus.
“The children of Osage Beach and Hurricane Deck will have a facility which is educationally adequate. Osage Beach is near capacity and has outgrown the utilization of this building. Hurricane Deck is also experiencing growth and there is a safety concern with the widening of Highway 5,” Hadfield said. “Part of this building, too, is educationally inadequate.”
The elementary building on the main campus has a similar population issue as the outlying schools according to Hadfield.
“The construction of these buildings will also help to relieve some pressure of a growing student population at Dogwood Elementary in Camdenton. This building, while educationally adequate for our students is nearing capacity,” he said. “The construction of larger buildings in our outlying areas can allow the district to further investigate shifting attendance lines to relieve some pressure at Dogwood.”
Hadfield thanked the community for passing the bond issue and allowing the district to move forward with the projects.
“Their approval will allow the District to better meet the needs of our students and staff,” he said.
District officials will soon meet with the architects of the building projects to finalize the construction plans. Ground is expected to be broken in Sept. 2013 while the projects are scheduled to be completed in July 2015.
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