Lyndonville celebrates ground-breaking for school capitol project

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 January 2019 at 3:19 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

LYNDONVILLE – Ted Lewis, president of the Lyndonville Board of Education, uses a sledgehammer to break into a wall above the elementary school library. The district is creating two new classrooms above the library as part of a $10.7 million capital project.

The district had a ground-breaking celebration this morning for the project. The project was approved by voters, 106-19, on Feb. 13, 2017.

Lyndonville has already completed two components of the project, with a section of a new roof put on in 2017 and new LED lights put in the gym.

Ritajane Isaacson, left, is president of the High School Student Council and Hannah Marker, right, is the president of the Elementary School Student Council. They pull back the carpet that will be replaced as part of an upgrade to the library. The space will be remade with two classrooms above the library, which was formerly used by the middle school but was most recently the elementary school library.

In back are Board of Education member Harold Suhr, BOE President Ted Lewis, and Jason Smith, superintendent of the school district.

In addition to the two new classrooms, there will be mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades. Other work to be done includes:

• Air-conditioning in 95 percent of the school campus

• A revamped and upgraded kitchen, serving and dining area

• An improved parking lot with safety upgrades and more efficient pickup and dropoff procedures, with the parking lot to be expanded behind the school.

• Major improvements to the locker rooms

The work is expected to be complete in 10 months.

Hannah Marker gets some help from Jason Smith in swinging the sledgehammer at a wall to be knocked out as part of the capital project.

Ted Lewis, the BOE president, speaks to a group during the groundbreaking celebration.

Jason Smith, the district superintendent, thanks school staff for helping get the project to the construction stage. He also praised SEI Design Group for its design work and Campus Construction for its upcoming work overseeing the construction project until November.

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