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WSD Board of Education Approved Bid for REACH Adaptive Learning Center and Early Childhood Center

Feb. 23, 2024

The Wentzville School District (WSD) Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the bid for construction of a combined REACH Adaptive Learning Center and Early Childhood Center building on Feb. 22, 2024. 

This is the final step in approving this new WSD building on the North Point Campus. The Board previously approved issuing a bid document for the project on Nov. 16, 2023, per the 2021 and 2023 construction committee recommendations.  

The building will be 96,000 square feet. 

REACH will have 36,250 more square feet than the current building, which has 11,750 square feet. The building will provide multiple shared learning spaces as well as support spaces for one-on-one student focus to better meet the needs of WSD learners. REACH, which currently operates in a rental property within a strip mall in O’Fallon, provides adaptive education placement and therapy to students with special needs from kindergarten through 12th grade. 

The new early childhood center will have 20 classrooms. This building will offer programming opportunities that are in addition to what the District already provides at Barfield Early Childhood Center and other satellite locations. This added space will allow for five-day-a-week and full-day early childhood options for District families. 

The two schools will operate independently of one another but will have access to several shared spaces for convenience and efficiency.

“Building a new REACH Adaptive Learning Center and early childhood facility has been a priority for our District for some time,” said Dr. Danielle S. Tormala, WSD superintendent. "We are thrilled to be able to develop a space that will truly make a positive impact on our community.”

The bid accepted was from Wright Construction, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $38,972,630.

Construction is expected to begin by the end of March or early April and hit final completion by December 2025. 

Due to the fiscal responsibility of the District, the funding for the REACH and early childhood center was made available through construction projects that were favorable to the budget. This allowed this project to be funded without needing to ask for additional taxpayer funding. 

Thank you for the collective collaboration that has been done to support this project.

Proposed REACH Elevations

Proposed Elevations 2-REACH ECC