All spruced up: Site of proposed high school gets nearly 200 treesThe site of the proposed new high school was spruced up last week with the addition of nearly 200 trees.
By: Celeste Beam, Alexandria Echo Press
The site of the proposed new high school was spruced up last week with the addition of nearly 200 trees.
Last Wednesday, about 30 volunteers were at the site of the proposed new school located along Pioneer Road in southeast Alexandria.
The volunteers were made up of Jefferson High School students and staff members, District 206 staff members and graduates of the Leadership Alexandria Class of 2010.
The trees were planted on the berms along the railroad tracks on the west side of the property.
According to school personnel, the trees were planted to improve safety and aesthetics.
The 196 trees included four different varieties – Austrian pine, autumn blaze maple, quaking aspen and siouxland poplar.
The trees were purchased from Colorful Seasons Garden Center in Alexandria.
The money to purchase the trees came from funds from the $24.5 million bond referendum passed in September of 2007.
The bulk of the funding was for a new elementary school, Woodland, that opened in 2009, but it also included $3.6 million to buy the land and prepare the site for a new high school.
Voters must still approve a referendum to build the high school.
Site work at the property along Pioneer Road where the proposed new high school will be located, including wetland mitagation, site improvements, berm work and tree planting, were all part of that referendum and Phase I of the district’s long-range facility plan.