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Maple Valley High School breaks ground on $4 million addition

This artist’s rendering shows a $4 million 16,000-square-foot addition to Maple Valley High School, which will break ground Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. ICON Architectural Group / Special to The Forum

TOWER CITY, N.D. — A groundbreaking ceremony will be held here Friday, Aug. 25, for a 16,000-square foot addition to Maple Valley High School.

The $4 million project, designed by ICON Architectural Group, will add five elementary classrooms, a new kitchen, commons area, library, entrance and reception area to the school. Brian Wolf, superintendent of Maple Valley School District, said it will also allow the fire-sprinkler system to be renovated.

Originally, voters in the Maple Valley school district were asked to approve a $14.3 million school bond referendum that would allow for a 50,000-square foot addition and more renovations. After the referendum failed for the fourth time in April, Wolf said the school board formed a building authority that allowed the district to take out a $4 million bond.

"In a grand scheme, we'd love to have something bigger down the road ... but right now we're meeting our basic needs," he said.

With the addition, the approximately 210 K-12 students who are currently spread between classrooms in Buffalo, Oriska and Tower City will all be able to attend the Tower City school in the 2018-2019 school year.

Currently, there are about 90 students at Maple Valley High School, meaning 120 will be added.

"We'll have the building all filled up," Wolf said.

The other schools will then close, but some sporting events will still take place on their campuses.

"We currently play all our football games at the Buffalo site and we still will continue to do this," Wolf said. "We still will be utilizing the gym at the Oriska school."

The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

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