TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga High School has officially opened its new wing.
While some work remains, the district building project is substantially complete, Superintendent John McDonald said at a ceremony Nov. 8.
"I've already heard a lot of positive comments," he said. "The community seems very pleased with the work."
Ticonderoga Central School has gone though a $23.8 million building and renovation project the past two years.
The project was proposed following a facilities study by a group of district residents in 2006-07.
McDonald thanked the school board, members of the district building committee and others for their support of the project.
"Those who have seen these renovations will agree we've built a better tomorrow for our students," McDonald said.
Besides expanding space for students, the project will expand opportunities, the superintendent said, noting the district has reached an agreement with Champlain valley Educational Services to lease space for a new marine tech program at the high school.
"I'm proud of what the community has done in providing for our students' futures," he said.
Fred LaVallie, school board president, also thanked those who supported the project.
"I'd just like to congratulate all the folks of Ticonderoga," he said. "It makes me proud to see what we've done, not for us, but for our students for years to come.
"I'm proud to be a Sentinel today," LaVallie said.
Work at the Ti Elementary-Middle School concluded earlier this year.
The high school project includes:
- construction of a three-floor addition on the Amherst Avenue side of the high school to house technology, music and art instruction;
- moving the principal's office, now on the second floor, to the space vacated by the art room adjacent to the building's front door;
- building a secure vestibule at the school entrance;
- moving the district office from its current building on Amherst Avenue into the school space vacated by the technology room;
- moving the guidance office to the current principal's office and expanding the library into the space vacated by guidance; and more.
The elementary-middle school project calls for:
-construction of a new cafeteria at the rear of the gym;
- renovation of the current cafeteria into a multi-purpose room;
- making the current kitchen into a music room;
- moving both principals' offices adjacent to the front doors;
- building secure vestibules at each school's entrance;
- enclosing both libraries;
- adding one classroom to the middle school and two class rooms to the elementary school;
- installing security equipment such as a communications system and cameras;
- converting the current principals' offices into meeting space;
- reconfiguring the parking lot to create separate parking and bus areas as a safety measure; and
- replacing all carpet and ceiling tiles.