Gretna school officials on Monday revealed the location of their next elementary school.

The school, as yet unnamed, will be built about a half-mile north of 196th and Harrison Streets, officials said. The site borders the existing Falling Waters housing development.

The location is in the far northern reaches of the district, near the border with the Millard Public Schools.

Members of the school board voted 6-0 on Monday night to purchase 17.6 acres of land for the school, which will be the district’s sixth elementary school.

Voter approval of an $85 million bond issue last week cleared the way for the board’s vote.

The board approved purchasing two parcels at a total cost of about $1.01 million.

Members approved purchasing 14.4 acres from Jim and Judy Wigton for $864,780 and 3.2 acres from BSR-FW LLC for $146,205.

The new building will take enrollment pressure off of several other elementary schools, including Whitetail Elementary, officials said.

The school will be built with the same general architectural plan used for other recently built Gretna elementary schools.

It will open in the fall of 2020.

Construction of another elementary school won’t be far behind, officials said. The exact timing and location are dependent on enrollment patterns, Superintendent Kevin Riley said. It is tentatively targeted for opening in 2021. A site has not yet been acquired.

The board also voted Monday to seek proposals for the renovation of Gretna Elementary School.

The school, which opened in 1960, is due for a major HVAC and plumbing redo, as well as the installation of high-efficiency windows and improvements to interior and exterior lighting, cabinets, shelves, the kitchen, ceilings, paint and carpet, officials said.

The intent is to finish the project before school starts in fall 2019.

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

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