In Schroon Lake
SCHROON LAKE - With the first day of school looming in early September, construction crews are still in the middle of Schroon Lake Central School's $13.4 and $1.3 million dollar building projects. The first day of classes will, however, resume on schedule, according to interim superintendent Gerry Blair.
Blair is confident that the renovations on the entire front and middle portions of the school will be completed for the arrival of students. Work will continue on hallways and classrooms after school hours until the completion of the project.
"The students will enter a safe environment with no inconveniences to their learning," said Blair. "Students will not have access to any part of the building that is any less safe than the one they left in June."
Students will have access to one completed new science classroom with updated lab.
Construction began at the end of the 2009 school year with anticipation of finishing before the start of the upcoming school year. After several construction delays including the presence of rubble rather than solid ground at the site of the new gymnasium and the discovery of asbestos, the project is now several months behind schedule.
Upon completion of the initial phase of construction, a new gymnasium will be built as well as a renovated auditorium. Blair is confident in a projected completion date of mid-February.
"The crews are working as fast as they can and I do not doubt that will will reach our completion goal and be at full occupancy by February," he said.
The proposed projects, approved by voters in June of 2006 ,includes a $13.4 million upgrade of the existing school building and a separate $1.3 million conversion of the current combination gymnasium/auditorium into an auditorium.
The completed project will include new and updated windows, new bell, alarm and clock systems, five new classrooms, new bathrooms, an energy efficiency air and heat system, and replacement of boilers and internet accessibility.
Schroon Lake's last building project was conducted in 1980 and included new windows and asbestos removal.
"We need to strive to be as current as we possibly can in this day and age of education and advancement," Blair said.
The Schroon Lake community has been curious about the construction taking place on campus and is anxious to see the project approach completion.
"You have to tear down before you can rebuild and this community understands that," said Blair. "I think we are all excited to see the project finished."
Blair foresees no interruption of sports or class schedules because of construction and reports that the project remains on budget despite the unplanned setbacks.
A professional cleaning crew will be working on the building during the next two weeks to prepare it for the return of students Sept. 8.