When students leave for spring break in early April, backpacks will be replaced with hardhats as construction crews begin renovations at .
The nearly seven-month project, approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday night, will include the addition of a new office complex that will bring together attendance social work and administrative personnel. The project will also give Jefferson a secure entrance, and complete the security upgrades at Lakeview's school buildings.
"The project will make sure people are funneled through the office area," said Sean Zaborowski, Lakeview director of athletics and operations.
The $3 million project is slated to begin on April 4, when students are on spring break, and continue through November. Funding for the project will come from a variety of sources including the remainder of the 2007 bond money, general fund and fund balance.
Jefferson will also have the current teacher lounge and office renovated into new classroom, an expansion of the cafeteria to better handle the nearly 900 students at the school and the expansion of the parking lot to include a drop-off lane that will alleviate traffic on Rockwood.
"The additions at Jefferson are 50-, 60-, 70-year solutions," said Zaborowski.
Along Little Mack, the district will replace the current four tennis courts—which have cracked foundations—with eight courts and will relocate the current parking lot on the north end of the property closer to the bus loop.
"This accomplishes the bulk of the rest of the projects (from the bond)," said board member Donald Wheaton, Jr., during the meeting. "I think we are getting the most bang for our buck."
In addition the improvement to Jefferson, the Board also approved renovations to the dressing and bathrooms in the auditorium.