WORTHIINGTON The three large projects across District 518 facilities that began in the summer of 2020 are all nearing completion and, in one case, have already seen use this fall. The remodel of Trojan Field, the second-story addition to Worthington High School and the referendum-approved Intermediate School project have all progressed nicely along their construction timeline, with Trojan Field and the high school addition nearly fully completed and ready to serve students, staff and our district community.

District 518 had the pleasure of utilizing the newly remodeled Trojan Field for fall sporting competitions this year. The new turf field, home and visitor bleachers, and scoreboard were on full display and use during Trojan football and soccer games. The finishing touches on this facility will be completed this spring, including the final layer of track, concession area and interior elements of the new field house. Trojan Field has been remodeled into a shining gem of a sporting facility that will be used by ISD 518, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, and many community organizations.

Across Marine Avenue from Trojan Field, Worthington High School has also been seeing construction crews and improvements. A second-story addition containing seven additional classrooms has been under construction and is very near completion. This addition will provide much needed additional space within the high school. Staff will begin to move into the new rooms soon. Looking ahead to a possible return to hybrid learning, these rooms will aid in addressing a critical lack of space for students and staff.

South of Worthington Middle School and adjacent to the new Learning Center, groundwork for the voter-approved Intermediate School has begun and will continue into the winter as long as weather and ground conditions permit. This facility will be built with a 900-student capacity and will serve students from third, fourth and fifth grade. This project is in its early stage of construction, but is running smoothly on the projected timeline. The new facility will help in greatly reducing space issues that are present in Prairie Elementary and Worthington Middle School.

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the ISD 518 School Board passed a motion that allows for the board and ISD 518 administration to begin planning for construction of a new facility to house the Community Education programs that currently utilize space in the West Learning Center building. To move Community Education out of its current space has been a long-standing goal of the school board. The planning process has begun with initial steps including setting a budget for the project and working to determine design specifications that are necessary for the building.

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The projects that are nearing completion and the new plan for constructing a building for ISD 518 Community Education are all exciting opportunities for ISD 518 students, staff and the district community. District 518 looks forward to utilizing the new space and facilities to better serve our incredibly deserving students who continue to carry one achieving educational excellence.

Parker Sandhurst is District 518's communications coordinator.