Updated plans for St. Augustine voucher school to be unveiled next week

City approved project in March

A rendering of St. Augustine Preparatory Academy.

A 170,000-square-foot, $50 to $60 million private voucher school proposed for Milwaukee’s south side received final approval from the city on March 17, and updated plans are expected to be released on Tuesday, April 12.

A rendering of the proposed School.
A rendering of the proposed school.

The school, called St. Augustine Preparatory Academy, is the vision of Gus Ramirez, executive chairman of Waukesha-based HUSCO International Inc. Ramirez submitted initial plans to the city in 2015.

The school will be located on a 10-acre site bordered by the Kinnickinnic River to the south and Interstate 94 to the east at 2607 S. 5th St.

Plans submitted to the city in January split the project into two development phases. The first phase, which could start this year, would construct classrooms, a gymnasium and a cafeteria with enough space to accommodate up to 1,000 K-12 students and 50-65 full- and part-time staff. Phase two, which would be completed by 2030, includes the construction of a second building with additional classroom space for up to 1,000 more students.

“Phase 2 would potentially double the staff,” the plans read. “Additionally, a proposed medical fffice will employ 2 or 3 health care professionals, along with administrative staff.”

A 25,000-square-foot gymnasium and a full-size outdoor soccer field and track would also be built as part of phase one.

A launch event for the school at which time updated plans are expected to be released will be held at Discovery World on April 12.

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Ben Stanley, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.

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