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Even in the throes of construction, special features give the new Cooper Elementary School a personality all its own.
Saddle up for love, comedy and toe-tapping melodies when Northwestern High School presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" this weekend. The musical features 40 high school students and a supporting cast of about 30 elementary school students. "It's one of my favorites," said senior Marie Tenney, who plays Virginia. The 1943 classic appeals to all generations, said fellow senior Crystal Taylor, who plays Kate. "I feel a lot of parents will enjoy it," said junior Tiana Hursh, a chorus member.
Superior High School band students will settle into their new digs next week. Classes are slated to begin in the completed band room Tuesday, according to project manager Dan Nelson with Kraus-Anderson Construction.
Every Thursday, creative concepts come to life in the Northwood Fab Lab. The school's shop space opens to the community from 4-8 p.m., and the possibilities are endless: etched glass, sculpted plastic, vinyl letters, wooden signs, metal designs, engraved rocks and more.
Approximately 17 community members traveled to Madison by bus and car Tuesday to testify about the need for a Superior exposition district.
The new fitness center at Solon Springs School is poised to open its doors to the public. "Our PE classes and our teams have been using it since mid-December," Athletic Director Nate Ahlberg said. The former elementary classroom now holds thousands of dollars of new and refurbished equipment, from a wall unit and kettlebells to a treadmill, recumbent bike and rowing machine. "It is fantastic, especially with what we had a year ago at this time," said Ahlberg, who also teaches sixth grade.
Douglas County rolled out new recycling containers at its 10 transfer stations this year. The move to smaller front-end load boxes is expected to save the county more than $44,000 in 2018. "Every taxpayer in Douglas County benefits from it," said Gordon Town Supervisor Pam Boettcher.
The Northwestern Middle School Parent Committee plans to add biking to the physical education curriculum through the "Wheels of Thanks" program.
School superintendents offered differing views Thursday about Gov. Scott Walker's plan to allow low-spending districts to raise taxes to support schools without voter approval.
"This is our next best chance to be heard," said Bruce Thompson, president of the Better City Superior board of directors.