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Construction at Lake Central, Protsman schools on time, on budget

Updated: October 9, 2013 7:55PM



The reconstruction of Lake Central High School and Protsman Elementary is on schedule and on budget, and if all goes as planned, it will hit a significant milestone in November.

Phase 1 of the $160 million project will be complete, which means Protsman’s new building will be almost entirely finished — with the exception of a community room and part of the cafeteria — while Lake Central’s new three-story classroom building will be up and running.

Director of Facilities Bill Ledyard said workers are painting, and installing grid ceilings and flooring. Over Christmas break, workers will move classroom and office equipment to the new structures, Ledyard said.

“It’s going very well,” Ledyard said.

Voters passed a property tax referendum in November 2011 to fund the construction, and the projects started the following summer.

Ledyard said the community room and cafeteria at Protsman won’t be complete until the existing building is torn down in 2014 since the two structures overlap somewhat. Also, the parking lot will be complete by summer 2014.

At the high school, workers are also busy finishing the ceiling and starting the flooring at the new pool area.

“Our existing pool was in desperate need of replacement,” Ledyard said.

After winter break, the older section of the high school will be torn down, but the freshman center will stay.

A new structure will feature a fine arts and band wing, a 1,000-seat auditorium and a competitive gym.



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