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Construction gets underway next month on two new schools and the addition that will expand Gifford into a K – 8 facility.

Racine Unified posted on their website the construction schedules for Knapp, Olympia Brown and Gifford.

The projects are part of the $128 million, 15-year referendum voters approved last November. Repairing and rehabbing Knapp and Olympia Brown would have cost north of the $13 million price tag to replace them, and the addition at Gifford plus things like new flooring and ceiling tiles where needed and a fresh coat of paint for lockers is expected to run about $3.3 million.

Students at these three affected schools will still attend class at their current buildings while construction is underway. The new facilities are expected to be complete in time for teachers to prep their classrooms next summer so the children can begin the 2016-2017 school year in their new spaces.