SLHS students’ courtyard project resumes

Friday, September 10, 2021

After a delay of nearly two years, the Storm Lake High School Courtyard project is back on track. Demolition of the current courtyard surface is expected to begin by the end of the month.

The project was created by the advanced ecology class in 2019, with the City of Storm Lake acting as fiscal sponsor for the students to apply for an Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship grant.

The courtyard in the center of the school building had fallen into bad condition and was seldom used. The students, who took part in several environmentally-minded efforts, wanted to make it a green spot for future students to enjoy, with outdoor classroom space, native plantings, a rain garden and pervious pavers for handling storm water.

Molitor Construction from Boone was selected among bidders for the work, at about $73,000 plus the cost of benches that will be added when they become available. The current ecology class plans to do the plantings, with help from the local Master Gardeners group and Joyce’s Greenery.

Total cost is just over $80,000, with the grant expected to provide $50,000. Students raised most of the remainder through donations, and the city allotted $2,000 towards the project earlier.