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BHS breaks ground on new additions
7/26/2013 By: Melanie B. Mazur
After a 17-year delay, Bayfield High School will finally have an auditorium, baseball field, and a practice gym.
Musicians, thespians, baseball players, their parents and other community supporters came to BHS on Monday for a groundbreaking for the new facilities. Construction will start this fall, and with a little luck, will be ready for 2014, except for the playing area of the baseball field. That won't be ready until spring of 2015.
School Board President Barb Wickman said the three features were originally in the plans to be built at BHS in 1996, but higher-than-expected costs put them on the chopping block.
During discussions for last year's mill levy and bond issues, they were "re-identified" as important needs for the community, Wickman said.
"Tonight we’re going to make it happen!" she exulted.
Sixteen members of the school board, staff, and construction company dug up the sod near the current gym with shiny shovels.
"We are extremely grateful to the whole community," for the support for this project, said Superintendent Troy Zabel.
Baseball players, who have been playing for years on the field near the middle school, are particularly happy. The field has a dirt infield, holes, and crumbling bleachers.
Several guests commented they wished there was a way they could take the green grass from the construction site and transport it to their yards.
About 40 members of the community attended the event. Afterwards, they munched on cookies and drank lemonade while viewing the architectural renderings of the new buildings.