SUSSEX — Some less than desirable weather conditions did not dampen the spirits of the Hamilton School District community as hundreds made their way to the new Silver Spring Intermediate School building Monday evening.
A ribbon-cutting/dedication ceremony took place for the new school at N58- W22350 Silver Spring Drive, which is a direct result of an approved $57.4 million 2018 referendum. “This is such a unique opportunity for all of us to create a personalized learning space and welcoming environment, intentionally designed to meet the needs of 10, 11 and 12-year-olds,” said Principal Deanna Wellens.
“The thoughtful design of this new space ensures we have environments to support students’ academics, social and emotional needs during this critical developmental period.” The 183,000-square-foot school was designed to house 800 students and can be expanded to serve 1,000 students.
It has 54 classrooms, a three-station gymnasium, library, commons area and main music room with six practice rooms. It was built to provide an optimal educational environment that includes energy-saving features, extensive use of natural light and materials to reduce annual maintenance expenses.
Collaboration spaces were key in the design of the new building, as well as lots of natural light. “This is a school that’s on the cutting edge in the state of Wisconsin. I’d like to say thank you and we did it for the kids. That’s what we’re here for,” said School Board President Gabe Kolesari.
Silver Spring Intermediate School is the first new school built in the district since 1999. Fifth-and sixthgraders from across the district will attend the new school in just a few days. By taking grade 5 out of the district’s elementary schools and grade 6 out of the middle school, the intermediate school solved classroom space shortages from grade 5K to grade 8.
“We had an accelerated timeline for this project. We did not have groundbreaking for this school until April of 2018. It’s nothing short of remarkable that we are ready to go just 17 short months later,” said Superintendent Paul Mielke. Following the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests were able to tour the new space, enjoy some cake and chat with staff members.