PEWAUKEE - With enrollment growth projected,
Pewaukee school officials have pitched expanding Horizon
Elementary School. Concerns about parking and landscaping,
however, have stalled the project - for now, at least.
The Pewaukee School District has submitted a
proposal to construct a 12,000-square-foot addition onto
Horizon, located in the district campus at 458 Lake St.
The Plan Commission on Thursday gave the
district’s plans a once-over, but postponed any definitive
decisions - partly because several residents expressed concerns
about the project’s scope.
As proposed, the district would add eight
classrooms on Horizon’s east side. A second story would be added
atop several existing wings. Building materials would mirror the
While Horizon is not yet at capacity, Assistant
Superintendent John Gahan said the district is looking to the
future. He noted recent statistics that reveal 17 subdivisions
and about 500 homes have been constructed within the district’s
Village Planner Mary Censky gave the district’s
plans a favorable recommendation with the caveat that school
officials go through the proper permitting process and follow
other routine protocol.
But some residents inquired about how the
expansion project would impact their quality of life. The
discussion also reopened an old wound concerning high school
students parking in nearby neighborhoods.
Tower Court resident Laurin Miller said the
district’s plans were a surprise. He said he had learned of them
a few days prior.
“I think there needs to be a much better job of
communicating with neighbors,” Miller said. “We’re concerned
about what feels like a little bit of disregard.”
Gahan said the district does desire to cooperate
with surrounding property owners.
“We pride ourselves on being a good neighbor,” he
Although the construction is not expected to have
any immediate impact on the existing parking, Trustee Joe Zompa
suggested the district create more spaces to accommodate future
As for landscaping, Censky said the district
already far exceeds the number of trees it has on its campus
property. However, commissioners have asked the district to
submit revised plans with additional greenery to shield the
property from nearby residents.
Once the district submits landscaping and parking
plans, commissioners will resume their deliberations and could
then make a recommendation to the Village Board for final