HUDSON — The underground utilities and drainage are in at the site for the new $46 million, 181,000-square-foot Hudson Middle School, and the foundation could be poured within the month.

"The excitement will really start, hopefully, in a few weeks when the weather breaks and they can begin pouring the foundation," said Sheryl Sheatzley, manager of communications and alumni outreach.

The district had a live-stream camera posting video on the district’s website; however, the camera is now being moved "to a better vantage point," Sheatzley said.

The district will host a furniture fair March 19 and 20 in the Hudson Middle School wrestling gym, Sheatzley said.

"This is a showcase of furniture by different vendors for consideration for the middle school," she said. "Staff will have a chance during their planning time to view the furniture and provide feedback. Technology for the classrooms is also being decided."

Renovations also have started at the Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium, Sheatzley said. According to information from Hudson Community Education and Recreation, the pool was closed March 3. Renovations are scheduled to be complete by late December 2019.

The district also will have a groundbreaking ceremony for an addition at Ellsworth Hill on April 22 at 5:45 p.m. outside of the elementary school. Construction on the addition will start once school is out, Sheatzley said.

The 14,700-square-foot addition will increase the capacity of Ellsworth Hill for up to 750 first- and second-grade students, said Doreen Osmun, assistant superintendent. The majority of the space "will be used for classrooms." Eleven classrooms will be added, as well as student and staff bathrooms and a data closet for technical equipment.

The school’s current enrollment is a little more than 600 students.

In addition to the building, the parking lot at Ellsworth Hill also will be expanded, according to information from the district.

"Since the addition can be built before there is any egress needed to the existing building, the work will continue through next year, 2019-20, for a scheduled opening in the fall of 2020," she said.

Funding for the new school and other improvements to the district’s buildings will come from an $81.5 million, 4.97-mill bond issue approved by voters in November 2017.

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