Leavenworth public school officials are planning a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a school building that will house classes for all of the district’s fifth- and sixth-grade classes.

Leavenworth public school officials are planning a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a school building that will house classes for all of the district’s fifth- and sixth-grade classes.

The groundbreaking is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 11 at Richard Warren Middle School, 3501 New Lawrence Road.

The new school building will be constructed to the north of Warren Middle School. The two buildings will be connected by a commons area.

The new school is being built as part of a $36.7 million bond issue that was approved by voters in June.

Fliers for the event refer to the new school as the Leavenworth Intermediate Center, but the Leavenworth Board of Education has not yet approved a name for the school.

“We have to call it something right now,” Superintendent Mike Roth said.

He said a couple of people are trying to form a committee to look at possible names for the new school. Suggestions will later be shared with the school board.

The new intermediate school is slated for completion in December 2019. And if the building is completed on time, fifth- and sixth-graders could begin attending classes there after returning from winter break in January 2020.

But Roth said no decision has been made regarding moving classes into the new building during the 2019-2020 school year.

“There’s a lot of things that have to happen before we get to that point,” he said.

Once fifth- and sixth-grade classes have been moved to the new building, classes for the remaining grade levels at Lawson Elementary School can be moved to other elementary buildings. As part of the bond issue approved earlier this year, Lawson will be converted into an early childhood center for the district’s prekindergarten and kindergarten classes.

Improvements also are planned at other school buildings including a new security entrance at Leavenworth High School.

People who are planning to attend next week’s groundbreaking ceremony are asked to gather at the west parking lot of Warren Middle School.

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