Wenger Corporation announced today that The Wenger Foundation has committed to support a new education facility in Owatonna. The proposed 340,000 square-foot high school would provide our future high school student population with high-tech and career learning spaces, a 900-seat auditorium for the performing arts, and multi-use athletic areas.
“The Wenger Foundation is supporting this project by donating premium products and materials and providing reduced pricing with a project value estimated at $2 million,” states Wendy Wenger Dankey, Executive Director of The Wenger Foundation. The Wenger Foundation was created in 1981 as an independent, private foundation dedicated to continuously supporting local theatre and arts programs. The Foundation is supporting this specific project based upon the Wenger family history in Owatonna.
“The new high school reinforces Wenger’s commitment for over 70 years to the area, and would be transformational for our community,” states Chris Simpson, President and CEO of Wenger Corporation. “Our founder, Harry Wenger, had a vision to enhance performance for his musicians, and we are excited to see how this facility can help students better learn and perform.”
With backing from numerous organizations, this project is a testament to the city and local business’ commitment to remain a growing and vibrant community that is attractive for future and current employees and their families. The Owatonna school board has unanimously set May 14, 2019, as the special election date for a vote on issuing general election bonds to build the new Owatonna High School.