New Construction Update


The Board of Education, Jackson County Central School District, #2895, Jackson, Minnesota, will receive sealed bids for the parking lot north of Riverside.

Specifications are available from the Business Office.

Sealed bids should be received in the office of the Building & Grounds Director Mark Steffen, Jackson County Central Schools, 1128 North Highway, PO Box 119, Jackson, MN 56143, by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021, at which time the bids will be opened and tabulated.  On May 10, 2021 the School Board will meet to evaluate the bids and act thereon.  The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive irregularities.



Jody Thrush Withers, School District Clerk

Independent School District No. 2895

Jackson County Central Schools State of Minnesota

(April 22, 2021)

(April 29, 2021)





Gail Shore  (612) 770-4106


 Kraus-Anderson begins construction on

Jackson County Central Schools in Lakefield, Minn.

 Projects are part of district bond referendum passed in 2019


LAKEVIEW, Minn. (March 2021) – Kraus-Anderson (KA) will begin construction on two projects for Jackson County Central Schools in Lakefield in southern Minnesota.  The $26 million project includes the construction of a new middle school and interior remodeling of Pleasantview elementary school.


Designed by JLG Architects, the new 84,000-square-foot Pleasantview Middle School features new classrooms, technology learning spaces and science classrooms.  The new school also adds a new gymnasium, band and choir areas, kitchen and commons area.


Interior renovations to Pleasantview Elementary School, located adjacent to the middle school, include air quality upgrades, as well as improvements meeting Americans with Disabilities Act requirements at all district buildings.


Kraus-Anderson worked with the district on the $35.4 million district bond referendum, which voters passed in November 2019.  The referendum addresses the district’s needs for facility replacement and improvements that will help to prepare students for careers and post-secondary education opportunities.




As the world continues to deal with and adapt to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kraus-Anderson’s top priority remains safety. The company has implemented stringent social distancing practices and other elevated safety protocol on construction job sites, details of which can be found at‚Äč.


About Kraus-Anderson (

Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers.  Kraus-Anderson Development Company, part of the family of Kraus-Anderson Companies, is a comprehensive real estate services provider with expertise in site selection, master planning, land and building acquisition, financing, facilitation of municipal processes and entitlements, portfolio and property management and leasing.  Kraus-Anderson, an EEO/AA employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Madison, Wis., Bismarck, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn.



The Project Oversight Committee is reviewing plans from the architect for the new middle school building in Lakefield.  Check back on this page for additional information.


School is starting early for the 2020-21 school year so construction can start in May of 2021.



Request for bids will be issued October 28 and will be opened November 19 for the Middle school project.

For the Riverside project (HVAC), requests will be made starting November 16 and be opened December 15, 2020.

Official bid requests will be published in the newspaper per requirement.  This website is to inform the public of the process.

Bids close May 7 at 1 pm for the North parking lot at Riverside Elementary School in Jackson (notice posted above)


RV Preschool / Daycare Addition

This addition to Riverside will allow more space for the preschool/daycare area.  This new building adds 3,000 square feet with an open play area, office area, bathrooms and classroom as well as renovating the existing preschool area classrooms and bathrooms.  

This project was necessary due to the additional students numbers and to meet building codes.