The St. Cloud Area School District broke ground Wednesday, April 26th on their new home for early childhood and community education, Quarryview Education Center.

Superintendent Willie Jett along with several board members, Waite Park City councilman, District representatives, Miller Architects & Builders and RA Morton were on hand for the nearly $17 million Education Center groundbreaking. The district has been looking for a permanent home for early childhood and community education since 2014, when a lightning strike caused a fire that burned down the Roosevelt Early Childhood Center.  Miller provided architectural design services for the new education center.

The Quarryview facility will be located just west of Discovery Community School.  The new facility will share the site’s existing amenities and was redeveloped for the additional busing requirements for the new building, revising the existing busing to Discovery School, the green space/exterior physical educational space serving both buildings, and community access to the site.

The building will provide space on the first floor for the district’s Early Childhood Programs which include Early Childhood Special Education Services for children from birth to age 5, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Family Literacy and Preschool Programming for children ages 3 to 5 years.  The second floor will provide spaces for the district’s Community Education and Adult Basic Education Programs.  Both groups of programs will share common meeting areas and training rooms on the first floor.  The building exterior is comprised of two different utility brick blends, prefinished metal wall panel siding, glazing to allow view and natural daylighting for the users.  The building contains (13) early childhood classrooms, (3) early childhood parent education classrooms, and (8) community / adult basic education classrooms.  It will also provide a sensory classroom, a dividable large motor classroom, and an exterior patio for educational purposes and staff breaks.

Early childhood education staff are definitely excited for the new facility, singing “If you’re happy and you know it dig some dirt.”

Completion is scheduled for summer of 2018.