The Perham-Dent School District is unclear yet when the shovel will hit the ground on the new high school, but much of the planning work is coming together, Mitch Anderson, superintendent, said, though if everything stays on schedule, residents could see work begin by mid-March.

Architect’s renderings of the exterior of the school, previously published, along with new renderings of the interior great hall, which is where visitors will enter the school, were shared at the school board meeting Wednesday, Jan. 4.

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“It’s all coming together,” said Tony Stoll with bhh Architects in Perham. It’s pretty exciting.”

The district anticipates at least five construction bids, but are hopeful for more, including Hammers Construction, which is doing the work on Heart of the Lakes Elementary.

A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for Jan. 17 and once a contractor is selected and details finalized, work could be started, but that decision really is determined by the contractor.

With construction anticipated that early, there are some logistics about how students and public traffic would be directed around the construction areas, Anderson said.

In the meantime, user groups, architects and district officials continue to meet to determine the details, he said.