Wisconsin newspaper features Johnson Creek’s new domed school

School library

Students peruse books in the Johnson Creek school library located in the administration dome in the heart of the new campus. The new school opened for the 2016-17 school year and serves 500 students in grades 5 through 12.

Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal

The Wisconsin State Journal featured the Johnson Creek middle and high school as they begin their first year in the new school. It is the first Monolithic Dome school in Wisconsin and the district went all-in, creating a five-dome campus with a gym, cafetorium, administration offices, and two classroom domes. Barry Adams writes about these first days and what the district plans for in the future.

The days of leaky roofs, antiquated facilities, classrooms in double-wide trailers and frustrations about failed referendums have come to an end in the Johnson Creek School District. The proof can be found along Highway B on the village’s west side in one of the most unique school spaces in the state.

Five domes house nearly 500 of the district’s students in grades five through 12. The $18.9 million combination high school and middle school opened Tuesday for classes. It has students, teachers and the community excited about the new learning spaces in the 109,000-square-foot facility and its potential to draw more residents to the village, located midway between Milwaukee and Madison.

The only error in the story is the size of the domed structures. Instead of the claimed 260 and 240 feet diameter buildings, the domes are actually 160 and 140 feet diameter. Otherwise, an excellent story with some great photographs and this video.

Superintendent Michael Garvey gives a tour of the new school facility.

Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal