HOWARD, Wis. (WBAY) — An area in Howard could see some drastic changes in the coming years thanks to two major development projects.
An anonymous donor is expected to close on land along Shawano Avenue just off of HW 29 near United Health Wednesday.
Right now it’s just an empty field, but Providence Academy says if they’re able to build the school they want, it’ll completely change the landscape there.
“I think it’ll be awesome,” said Headmaster Ron Jung.
Jung took over as Providence Academy Headmaster five years ago. His eyes light up when he thinks about what could be.
About 40 acres of land sits where the school hopes to build a two story complex that includes a chapel and athletic facility.
“Oh, I love it,” Jung said. “I mean, it’s beautiful land.”
When the Christian, non-denominational school opened in 1993 enrollment was in the 70s. Now it’s near 200 – the school essentially busting at the seams.
“We’re working on plans of how to do the interim, but we really do need to build,” Jung said.
They hope to build the new school in phases, eventually having enough space for 700 students.
“From my perspective, if we can get in there in 2 years, it would be awesome. Is that realistic? God only knows,” Jung says. “God does all sorts of miraculous things.”
The school really doesn’t want to put a timeline on the project since there’s still a lot of planning to do. They’re also unclear of the cost, though they plan to fund the project entirely through private money raised through donations.
Just east of the school’s proposed site is an even larger development – a subdivision of high-end homes the Village of Howard says works well with what Providence Academy is proposing.
“This will be a really nice, beautiful development when it’s completed,” said Village Administrator Paul Evert.
Evert says these projects highlight the village’s growth and need for more housing. He says the school could attract new families to the village.
“The idea that a kid will actually be able to go here and walk to school I think is really attractive,” Evert said.
Jung can’t wait to finalize plans and turn the field into his dream.
“It’ll be a lot of work raising the funds, but we feel like we have a lot of community support and a lot of prayer,” said Jung.