Foundation donates land to Menomonie public school system

Foundation donates land to Menomonie public school system


The Stout University Foundation donated 40 acres to the Menomonie Public School System in February for the building of a new middle school for the district. The Real Estate Committee, chaired by Mark Kinney '75, worked with Dave Smette, superintendent of Menomonie Public School District, and Jim Welch, president of the School Board, on the donation of the land. "I don't believe that there is another university foundation in the state of Wisconsin that has partnered with their local school district in such a unique relationship for the benefit of the youth in the community," stated Kinney.

The school district plans on breaking ground late May, with completion of the middle school by fall 1997. The school will house grades 6-8, with approximately 850 students attending the 14,600 square-foot facility. In addition to the building, there will be softball, soccer and football fields, and basketball courts. The school will be located in the northwest corner of the 254-acre tract of land owned by the Foundation.

The Stout University Foundation has begun marketing the land directly to the north and west of the school site for single and multiple family home sites. With the addition of the middle school, families can build in this area with direct access to both the middle school and Oaklawn Elementary school. Children will be able to attend K-8 without ever crossing a major highway or intersection. The Foundation is interested in eventually developing the remaining 214 acres with an access road to County Road J on the south boundary.

Outlook Spring '96