Plans to rebuild the Mitchell school gym are well underway just a couple of months after a fire destroyed the gym and displaced elementary students to Wind Point for the rest of the year.

The total cost of replacing the gym with a two-story addition is between $1.8 and $2.1 million, according to a story in The Journal Times, and will paid for primarily with insurance money from the loss.

A modern gym will occupy the second floor, and a cafeteria/multi-purpose room will take up the first floor. Construction is expected to begin in May and complete in time for students to begin the 2014-2015 school year.

School board members Monday approved Partners in Design to serve as the project architect and Absolute Construction Enterprises as the construction managers, the story reads.

The fire occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 27 and was determined by the Racine Fire Department to be an accident. A cause is still under investigation.

Middle school students returned to school at Mitchell on March 18, and they will have extended days through the end of the year to make up for the missed time.

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