New School Near Pennant Place — 

New Papillion-La Vista elementary school will be built near Werner Park

By Joe Dejka WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
Published: Jan 15, 2013, 1:00 AM

Take me out to the ballpark and go north to find the future site of
Papillion-La Vista's newest elementary school.

The location, revealed Monday night, is in the North Shore housing
development, just north of Werner Park, home to the Omaha Storm Chasers
minor league baseball team.

School board members voted to purchase the nearly 11-acre site for
$37,500 an acre, or $412,500.

The elementary school is one of two schools the district will build with
funds from a $59.6 million bond issue approved last November.

Construction of the elementary school is estimated to cost $10 million.
The district also plans to build a $26 million middle school. Its
location has not yet been announced.

The new elementary school will relieve overcrowding at Portal Elementary
School. It also will accommodate western growth that would otherwise feed
into Patriot Elementary School, which is also over its capacity.

The new middle school will relieve enrollment pressure on Papillion and
La Vista Junior High Schools. Those schools are projected to exceed
capacity in 2015.

Also Monday, board members selected Ray and Associates to conduct the
search to replace retiring Superintendent Rick Black.

The firm will be paid a base fee of $16,000, plus expenses.

Black notified the board last fall that he will retire effective June 30
after a 40-year career in education, the last 5 1/2 as superintendent of
Nebraska's fourth-largest school district.

Contact the writer:
402-444-1077,joe.dejka@owh.com