Parkview families get first look at new school
ORFORDVILLE — With the paint barely dry and construction dust still visible, hundreds of Parkview families rushed into the new middle and high school Wednesday night for their first look at the community’s next chapter.
It took years of failed referendums and countless board meetings to get to this moment.
“It’s because of every one of you, and the staff, and J.P. Cullen and Somerville Architect that this is possible,” Superintendent Steve Lutzke told the crowd gathered outside what used to be the elementary school.
Students, parents and community members snapped photos and cheered as school board President Clay Hammes cut the ribbon into the building that received a complete remodel and addition.
Natural light poured into the cafeteria at the school’s main entry.
“Wow, this is awesome,” one woman said as she walked into the new three-station gym.
“Better than the little gym we had!” another said.
Many who walked onto the hardwood floor had similar comments.
“I think it’s beautiful—long time coming for this district,” said Tim Oswald as he looked at the gym with his wife, Jen.
The results were “beyond our expectations,” she said, and they look forward to their three children—two basketball players in 6th and 7th grades—and a 3-year-old attending the school.