No surprise, the site chosen for a new Papillion-La Vista elementary school lies in the southwest reaches of the district.

Members of the Papillion-La Vista school board on Monday selected a 10.4-acre site at the northwest corner of 120th Street and Schram Road.

The new school — yet to be built and named — will serve families on the south side of Nebraska Highway 370, relieving pressure on Prairie Queen Elementary School, according to Doug Lewis, assistant superintendent for business and finance.

Prairie Queen, which opened in 2015, is north of the highway, near Werner Park.

Board members voted 6-0 to approve an $850,000 land purchase agreement with the property owner, SBS Kapital.

Under the agreement, SBS Kapital will grade the site, and the district will pay for up to $1.25 million in infrastructure improvements.

SBS Kapital owns 155.4 acres in the area that it intends to develop into 267 single-family lots and about 210 duplex town house lots — a subdivision to be called Ashbury Hills, the agreement says.

The school will be a twin to Prairie Queen, built with the same general floor plan, Lewis said.

District officials tentatively plan to take bids on construction this fall. Construction would start next year, and the school would open for the 2020-21 school year.

The elementary school is among the projects funded by a $109.9 million bond issue approved by voters in May.

Most projects involve safety improvements or school expansions to accommodate growth.

Two major expansions will add classrooms at Papillion-La Vista and Papillion-La Vista South High Schools.

The high school expansions will be staggered, with the project at Papillion-La Vista South starting first because of crowding there. Construction would begin next year and be completed in 2021.

Work at Papillion-La Vista High is scheduled to begin late next year and be finished in 2022.

Not until 2021 would the district begin designing the addition to Liberty Middle School, another major project. That would be completed in 2023.

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Joe covers education for The World-Herald, focusing on pre-kindergarten through high school. Phone: 402-444-1077.

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