The sun shone brightly last Wednesday as representatives of the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative, the City of Montevideo, the Montevideo School District, ORB Manage≠ment Corporation, and Nor-Son Construction gathered to officially break ground at the site of the new area special needs school.

 

The sun shone brightly last Wednesday as representatives of the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative, the City of Montevideo, the Montevideo School District, ORB Manage­ment Corporation, and Nor-Son Construction gathered to officially break ground at the site of the new area special needs school. Construction of the site, which is located directly across the street from the Co-op Credit Union, began the previous week with the removal of a grove of trees.

Construction will continue at a fast pace, and it is expected that the new school will be ready and open at the beginning of the 2019 school year.

The project could not have become a reality without the collaborative efforts of all the parties involved.

Montevideo City Manager Steve Jones said: “This project came about real fast. We only began talking about it this past February. You can give Dr. Heller a lot of credit. He brought the city together with ORB Management and the SWWC and said the district had a need for this, but they didn’t have any ideas.”

Building a brand new facility designed specifically for special needs students was going to be a challenge.

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“It was not something the school district felt they could do themselves. It was not the place for the SWWC to financially build it themselves, but they did have the funds to lease a school. They basically needed a builder with access to financing,” said Jones.

When all was said and done, the Montevideo EDA was willing to step up.

“The city gave the land to the EDA, the EDA is building the facility, and the SWWC is leasing the school from the EDA,” said Jones. “The contracts as signed give the SWWC the option to purchase the facility. I think their intent is to become the owners sooner, rather than later.”

The school will be a benefit to the Montevideo community. Thirty to 35 jobs will be created, and the school will serve 30-35 special needs students.

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