(Uniontown, Ohio) – The Lake Local School construction project remains on schedule.
In May of 2015, the Lake Local School District passed a bond issue to raise 34.5 million local dollars, which was supplemented by the state’s share providing financing for the roughly $90 million project. The first year was focused on planning with site development commencing in the fall of 2016.
John McAllister, Facility Project Manager, explained that the bond issue contained multiple components: facilities, security, technology, and the expansion/renovation of the athletic fields and facilities. He noted that once the project is completed, every learning space in the district will either be new or renovated.
“Security funds enabled us to also hire three resource officers for the district, eventually there will be one assigned to each building and other security equipment enhancements,” added McAllister. Additionally, technology funds will enable district leaders to achieve a one-to-one teach initiative in the district, expected at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. It also will provide financing and resources for software, training, and development.
As for athletics, funds have been distributed to that focus to develop athletic fields for a variety of district programs. Currently, two football/soccer/lacrosse fields have been added, along with a softball field.
Currently, demolition is still underway at the former Lake Elementary, Hartville Elementary, and part of the High School. It should be completed before the beginning of the school year. The former Lake Middle School will be demoed late this winter/early spring after younger students return to Lake Primary.
McAllister explained that by the beginning of the upcoming school year, a new 2nd through 6th-grade building will be opened. Lake Elementary will house all students from grades two through six. Lake Middle School/High School will also open, currently including an 80,000 square foot expansion and a 64,000 square foot renovation, housing 7th through 12th-grade students.
To start the 2018-2019 school year, grades Pre-K through 1st-grade students will attend classes in the former middle school, which McAllister noted, has been ‘retrofitted for their needs.’
He added that the planning is still underway. Developers expect to include another 40,000 square foot expansion to house all 7th through 12th-grade students, by winter, 2019. “A complete renovation and additions are presently underway at Uniontown Elementary, which will eventually house all of our students, Pre-K through 1st grade,” said McAllister. The next phase of the project is expected to be completed and opened to students in December 2018.
“Previous facilities were antiquated and not suitable for the education needs of our students,” added McAllister. “This initiative addresses the education needs of our students for the next fifty years. It also addresses state-of-the-art tech for our students and significantly enhances security for students, staff and the community.”