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In its first meeting since the $39.93 million referendum was passed in the April 4 election, the Grafton School Board laid out the next steps for the various projects at its meeting Monday, April 10.

Superintendent Jeff Nelson and the board members updated the community on the timeline for these projects, including financing, start and finish dates, and changes to the school calendar.

According to a timeline that was presented, the board expects all projects to be completed by December 2018.

Beginning this month, the board will meet with representatives from Robert W. Baird & Co. to discuss different scenarios for bonds before bringing the results before the Grafton Finance Committee in May.

The board will also meet this week with Hoffman Design before construction bids are offered to local developers. Hoffman will continue to oversee the entire scope of the projects.

Nelson also announced that the 2017-18 school year would end a week early so that construction work would have extra time in the month of June.

Construction is expected to begin in June with renovations for John Long Middle School. Construction and renovations are expected to continue through the 2017-18 school year at all district schools and offices. The deconstruction of Grafton Elementary, which served as the top priority in the referendum, is expected to begin in August 2018.

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