Residents in Rochelle saw dirt being moved this week as work has started on the new grade school west of the 20th Street extension. The district recently received a grading permit from the city.
The 20 million dollar building will have 22 classrooms along with a gymnasium and cafeteria. It will be open for students in the fall of the 2013-14 school year.
Superintendent Todd Prusator said that the goal right now is to get the majority of the building constructed on the outdoor portion of the project prior to the winter weather.
Work is scheduled to be done inside the school during the winter months.
A ground breaking ceremony for the new school will take place on June 18th at 4pm.
Dirt is also being moved on the east side of 20th street. This project involves "Hub Drive" for RTHS as the road will connect with the west parking lot. The work is scheduled to be done before classes begin in August.
The Rochelle Elementary board is also scheduled to meet in special session next Wednesday evening at 6 in the Middle School media center. They plan to talk about future goals for the district