Lake High School Begins Moving Staff/Offices to Accommodate New Construction/Remodeling
Lake High School Principal Dan Harold sent out a detailed, page-long document via e-mail earlier this week to high school staff, students, and parents.
In it the principal shared all the various upcoming moves of high school staff and offices necessary to allow Hammond Construction and its subcontractors to begin early stages of construction/renovation of the building.
Harold stated that as of Feb. 1, 2017 the staff parking lot along Lake Center south of Lake High School will be closed to staff parking and student drop off, as construction crews begin site development for a new, two-story addition housing new classrooms.
(NOTE: As of today, Harold learned from Hammond Construction that the high school parking will change beginning Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 – not Feb. 1, as he originally stated in his e-mail.)
In addition, he reviewed how construction will cause students and staff to use different doors when entering and exiting the building, and changes in staff/student parking and bus drop off points.
Harold also stated the high school attendance office will remain inside Door 2, on the west side of the building off of King Church St., and the high school main office will now share space with the attendance office.
“Everyone associated with our schools and community has every reason to be excited about the impending changes to our school and campus. While we will certainly need to be flexible and patient as we meet the challenges of the next two-plus years, I am very confident one thing will never be disrupted - great things will continue to happen at Lake High School,” said Harold.
Staff are approaching the upcoming changes with a ‘can do’ attitude. “We have done this before, and we can do it again. We’ll make it work,” said Attendance Office Secretary Barb Brown. The last time Lake High School staff was impacted by construction was following passage of a 1999 school bond issue that resulted in renovations and additions to the building.
Following is the current schedule for remodeling/new construction at the high school:
• The new southern expansion and renovation of the existing art and music wing will be completed by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Students from grades 7-12 will occupy these spaces at this time.
• Demolition of the present high school’s east wing will be completed by December, 2018, and a new main entrance, facing Market Ave., will be completed by December, 2019. The new entrance will include additional classrooms and an auxiliary gym.
Upon completion, 110,123 square feet of the building will be a new addition, and 64,000 square feet will have been renovated.
In addition to renovation and new construction of the high school, other projects currently underway in the district include:
• Construction of an addition and remodeling of the current Uniontown Elementary into a Pre-Kindergarten to First Grade building (targeted completion date December, 2018)
• Construction of a new grades 2-6 building replacing the existing Hartville and Lake Elementary buildings (targeted completion date summer, 2018, with occupancy slated for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year)
• Demolition of Lake and Hartville Elementary will be completed by December, 2018.
In addition, new Community Athletic Fields incorporating areas to play softball, football, and soccer are located on State Route 43 north of the district’s Bus Garage. Site development of the fields began in the spring of 2016; they will be ready for use by school and community athletes this coming spring and fall.
All of the current remodeling and new construction underway in the district is possible due to local community support of Bond Issue 14 that passed in May of 2015. SoL Harris Day architects, Hammond Construction, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, and Lake Local Schools have been working together since its passage, recently completing a planning and design phase. Construction will be underway concurrently throughout the district on all the various projects during the coming weeks of late winter and/or early spring, 2017, as soon as weather permits.
Concept drawing of new grades 7-12 building prepared by SoL Harris Day architects.