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The new entrance to Trinity Academy will look like this when a $1.3 million expansion project is completed later this year.

Trinity Academy adding second story for 2013-14 school year

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Trinity Academy adding second story for 2013-14 school year
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Trinity Academy is set to begin construction on an expansion that will add a second story to its school, grades pre-school through eighth grade, for the upcoming 2013-14 school year.

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"Our enrollment has doubled over the last five years," said Principal Alison Johnson "Now, we need more room to meet the demand we're seeing for Christian education here in the St. Croix River Valley."

The $1.3 million dollar expansion and renovation will add over 12,000 square feet including five classrooms, a new science lab/art room, new special education room, additional bathrooms and space for private music lessons. The existing first floor will also undergo changes, including a new library/media center, a new school office and a reconfiguring of the pre-school to an early childhood wing. The project also includes a new entrance to the school on Fifth Street, a new security system, expanded parking and a drive through drop-off.

"Four years ago, Trinity Academy added middle school grades and we quickly ran out of space," said Johnson. "There are many families in the Hudson area that are looking for another option for middle school. This expansion will allow us to serve them."

Trinity has hired Derrick Building Solutions, LLC as general contractor and Architectural Network, Inc. as the architect for the project. The project is in the permitting phase with the intention of construction beginning late this spring. Trinity Lutheran Church conducted a successful capital campaign during the fall of 2012 to fund the expansion project with pledged commitments totaling over $1.4 million.

This major expansion will also benefit several of Trinity Lutheran Church's ministries, including a large, new dedicated space for its Youth Ministry.

"Trinity regularly has up to 150 teens for Wednesday night confirmation and worship," said Executive Pastor Todd Stocker. "Helping teens form a strong relationship with God has eternal value. Our youth ministry is a key component of our mission of making disciples of all nations."

Registration at Trinity Academy is currently open for the 2013-14 school year. Tours are available by contacting Principal Johnson at (715) 386-9349.

Trinity Academy (www.trinityacademyofhudson.org) is located on the west side of Trinity Lutheran Church on the corner of Fifth and St. Croix streets in Hudson. Trinity Academy was established in 1995 and currently serves 165 students in grades K-8 and an additional 200 children in pre-school and childcare.

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