The Math and Science Academy on Friday held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new $5 million gym/classroom facility.
“We’ve got way too many students in that building,” Director Bob Kreischer said, pointing to the main complex for the charter school, which was founded about 13 years ago.
The Woodbury school has a waiting list, Kreischer said, and the new structure will allow for smaller classrooms, performance space and physical education classes.
Currently, students head over to the YMCA for 90 minutes each week.
“To, me, that’s not having phy ed,” he said, adding that a gym teacher will likely be hired.
The 30,400-square-foot facility, which will house 10 classrooms, is expected to be complete by next August, Kreischer said. Once built, MSA will also save on leasing other space nearby, he said.
City officials, Woodbury Chamber of Commerce representatives and state Rep. Andrea Kieffer were on hand for Friday’s groundbreaking, along with students.
Anish Chandak, an 18-year-old senior who has attended the school since he was in sixth grade, is the student representative on the MSA Board of Directors. He had a shovel in his hands Friday.
He said it will be interesting to see how the school uses the space, especially the area for performing arts.
“We have so much talent here,” said Chandak.
While he’ll be gone by the time it opens, he said he’s looking forward to seeing how his sister, a seventh-grader, enjoys the new complex in the future.
“I’m just really happy with everything,” Chandak said. “I’ve loved my time at MSA.”