The growing student population has caused congestion in Elkhorn High School hallways. 

The Elkhorn Public Schools board took a big step toward building a third high school Monday night, awarding a $66.27 million construction contract for the school to Lincoln-based Sampson Construction.

Grading has begun at the school site, at 180th Street and West Maple Road.

Elkhorn officials have said they wanted to get a quick start on the spring and summer construction season.

Voters approved a $149.6 million bond referendum in March to build the district’s third high school, a new elementary school and a middle school, among other projects.

The high school is scheduled to open in August 2020. As construction gets underway, school officials said decisions will be made about other aspects of the school, including its name, mascot, program offerings and staff.

The district received three bids for the construction project and ultimately chose Sampson, the contractor that built the $75.4 million Kearney High School, which opened in 2016.

Other companies bidding were Hausmann Construction and MCL.

“We’re very excited to get the building going up, and hopefully this is the last thing we have to do to get the permits and get going,” board President John Marasco said. “I think we will have a beautiful school in the next two-and-a-half years that we’ll be proud of for the next 100 years.”

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