The Dodgeville School District Board of Education voted April 13, 2020 to permanently close the Ridgeway Elementary School at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The Village of Ridgeway and Dodgeville School have both signed an agreement providing the Village the option to purchase the Ridgeway Elementary School building and property from the Dodgeville School District for $1. This agreement outlines timelines and contingencies of this potential purchase.
The large space of the former school offers ample opportunities for a community center, village hall, office space, library, and much more. The Village Plan Commission and Board of Trustees are utilizing a $5,000 grant award from Compeer Financial to assist with the completion of a Feasibility and Constructability Analysis for the adaptive reuse of the former Ridgeway Elementary School by the Village.
Strang Engineering has been selected to complete this study. Workshops will be held by them with various stakeholders and reports given to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee consists of the Plan Commission and the Board of Trustees. Mitch Branscombe and Larry Burton of Strang Engineering will begin this study the week of September 21st, with three workshops to be held the subsequent weeks with a final presentation of the study results on October 12th.
The Village Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, October 13th to discuss the future of the village’s purchase of the property at that time.