New Verona Area High School fully equipped

VERONA, Wis. — Construction on the new Verona Area High School is more than halfway complete.

The new high school is set to come fully equipped with facilities for a variety of sports including a football stadium, a soccer facility, and two pools.

The district decided to make the move to the new building to accommodate some of the enrollment growth Verona area schools have experienced since 2015.

The new school was  purposefully designed to service any future remodeling needs as the Verona area continues to develop.

“This is a landmark project for the community here and something that will be an important fixture in the community for a long time to come,” said Findorff Construction Manager Aaron Zutz.

The school’s principal Pam Hammen said, the school and project collaborators ran focus groups interviewing students, staff and community members to get their input on the new building.

“It was really important that we were responsive to the voice of our students and the community members, so we made sure that we designed a school that met those specific requests,” she said.

Principle among those requests was the desire for natural light, so the space includes high windows and large open spaces.

“We’ve given many tours to students and staff and the excitement that we’ve seen both from the spaces and the natural light in those spaces has been tremendous,” said Zutz.

The property will also feature a number of specialty spaces including stormwater retention ponds, a performance arts center that seats 1,000 and a wooded area with a cross-country course.

At the start of the next school year, the building currently housing the high school will become the home of the area’s middle school.

The middle school is just one of the six schools in the Verona area switching locations.

The new building is 590,000 square feet, and sits on 160 acres of land.

A ribbon cutting ceremony open to the public will take place at the new school on Sept 12th.