Prior Lake High School will look different come fall 2020.

The Prior Lake-Savage Area School Board on Monday awarded more than $23 million in bids for the construction of additions and renovations to the school.

The additions were included in a $109.3 million referendum approved by voters in November 2017, which also included the construction of a new elementary school, the construction of a new building for the Bridges Area Learning Center and additions to other schools.

The bids covered concrete work, steel, roofing, plumbing and other aspects of construction. The additions to the high school include a new north entry, new weight and locker rooms, updated bathrooms, a renovated common area, a café and an expanded auto shop.

The current staircase in the common area would be widened to become “learning stairs.” A Laker Marketplace would have seven serving stations for students to get food while a Lakehouse Café would be open before, during and after school to serve students grab-and-go options as well as breakfast and lunch.

The Prior Lake-Savage Area School Board approved the design plans in September and expects construction work to be complete in fall 2020.

Maggie Stanwood was born and raised in small-town Iowa before moving to Wyoming in middle school. After her brief stint in the Wild West, she attended the University of Missouri - Columbia, where she graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelors in Journalism.

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