Building Our Future

Thank You, Oshkosh

On November 3, 2020, Oshkosh residents approved two referendums. Question 1 was an operational referendum, renewing the district’s existing operating funding of $7.95 million annually through the 2029-30 school year. Question 2 was a capital referendum to borrow $107 million to build a new middle school and a new elementary school (closing three aging/outdated facilities that house five schools), enhance school safety and security, and address deferred maintenance and infrastructure needs.

This page provides the latest updates related to projects within the 2020 Capital Referendum. Check out the Project Progress Reports section below for monthly updates summarizing work being done on all building projects. 

Construction Timeline At a Glance

  • Fall 2023 - Open Vel Phillips Middle School
    • Two middle schools will become one middle school. The current Merrill and Webster Stanley middle schools will become Vel Phillips Middle School - a new school being built adjacent to the current Merrill building.
  • Fall 2024 - Open New Elementary School (name to be determined)
    • Three elementary schools will become one elementary school. The current Merrill, Washington, and Webster Stanley elementary schools will become the new elementary school - a new school to be built on the site of the current Webster Stanley building.

Community Milestone: Webster Stanley Farewell Tours

Webster Stanley Farewell Tour Image

The public is invited to take a walk down memory lane during a farewell tour of Webster Stanley Elementary and Middle School.

Two tour dates will be available: Wednesday, May 3 from 6 - 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 from 1 - 3 p.m. Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of the schools that will close at the end of the 2022-23 school year. There is no need to register in advance and people are welcome to arrive anytime in the two-hour window. Attendees may enter through the main entrances of the elementary or middle school, located at 915 Hazel Street.


OASD School Building Salvage and Demolition Overview 05.01.23

Webster Stanley Elementary and Middle School will be torn down at the end of the 2022-23 school year to allow construction to begin on the new Menominee Elementary School, which will open in the fall of 2024. The demolition timeline for this project is short, with demolition beginning within days of the end of the school year. However, district and school leaders have been engaged in an extensive planning process to ensure that the demolition process is successfully managed and accomplished.

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) acknowledges that demolishing a school building is a significant project, and aims to create a shared understanding of the process with the community. The following overview applies to the Webster Stanley school building (closing in June 2023) and the Merrill school building (closing in June 2024).

OASD School Building Salvage and Demolition Overview

Construction Celebrations and Updates

Project Progress Reports

Monthly project progress reports are published and available below with the goal of creating a shared understanding of the District's ongoing facilities work, made possible through the voter-approved 2020 Captial Referendum. The reports below include the latest updates on the Vel Phillips Middle School (opening Fall 2023), the New Elementary School (opening Fall 2024), and School Secure Entrance Projects.