Public welcome! YouTube livestream will also be available.
The Oshkosh Area School District invites the community to a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, April 6, at 11 a.m. for the new Vel Phillips Middle School. The event will feature stakeholders and representatives from the new school community and will be attended by District and school leadership. The event will also be live streamed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/o_K8c_rbR-A or by searching for the “OASD Middle School Events” channel on YouTube.
The site of Vel Phillips Middle School is located south of Nevada Avenue between Jackson Street and Kentucky Street (1401 Kentucky Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901). Individuals attending the groundbreaking can enter the site off Kentucky Street. This entrance is across the street from the current Merrill Elementary/Middle School. Please note the event will be outside on an active construction site, attendees are advised to dress accordingly. Street parking is available in the surrounding blocks. A rain date is scheduled for Thursday, April 7 at 11 a.m. if needed.
The construction of Vel Phillips Middle School is part of the $107 million capital referendum that the Oshkosh community supported in November of 2020. It is included in phase one of the district’s multi-phase, long-range facilities plan to improve and modernize district schools. The Merrill Middle and Webster Stanley Middle school communities will join together as Vel Phillips Middle School, set to open for the 2023-2024 school year. Kristi Levy, current principal at both Merrill and Webster middle schools, was named principal of the new school in July 2021. A new elementary school will be built on the current Webster Stanley site once Vel Phillips Middle School is completed.
The District’s multi-phase, long-range facilities plan prioritizes modern schools that are more efficient, effective, and equitable for the community. The OASD is grateful for the support of the Oshkosh community and the opportunity to invest in the community and its children.