The proposed work would also duly recognize the importance portions of the schools programs technology, art and music that have thus been accorded less attention than todays world requires and than the Ticonderoga areas talents and reputation mandate in the view of the districts school board, faculty and administration, McDonald said.
If the bond issue passes, the plans call for the addition of a three-story wing to the Amherst Avenue side of the high school, accommodating technology on the ground floor, art on the first floor and music on the second.
The new music quarters would replace temporary uses of other portions of the school used by Ticonderogas burgeoning music program. Art would move from its current ill-ventilated and generally inadequate quarters to modern studio facilities.
The technology program, one of the most important to the civic structure of the Ti-area economic and social fabric, would move to similarly modern accommodations, which would incorporate a marine-technology program for which a survey of the regions marinas shows there is a critical practical need. These would replace the antiquated technology facilities that had essentially grown like Topsy in past decades. The old technology quarters would be redeployed as new school-district administrative offices, replacing those in the old house on Amherst Avenue currently used for the purpose, which would be demolished as it probably should have been some years ago.
The overall program would also involve bringing all the school buildings up to current building-code standards and the standards required to support increasing state and federal educational mandates, as well as such necessary updates as the installation of new carpeting in the elementary and middle schools a plan applauded from the floor by, among others, Kiwanian Lois Gunning, who said it is a shame children have nothing better than the existing badly-worn floor covering to learn and play upon.