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Ceremony to mark Schroon project

SCHROON LAKE - Although work has already commenced, a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the Schroon Lake Central School building project has been scheduled.

The ceremony will be Thursday, July 23, at 11:30 a.m.

"We are currently surrounded at SLCS by the beginnings of the long-awaited building project," Superintendent Mike Bonnewell said. "The work that we started planning in 2002, much of which had been first discussed in the 1980s, is now under way."

The project will expand and renovate the existing school building.

Technically, the work is two projects - a $13.4 million upgrade of the existing school building and a separate $1.3 million conversion of the current combination gym/auditorium into an auditorium.

Voters approved both measures June 28, 2006.

The first proposition totals $13,398,159.

It calls for repairs to the school's exterior, replacement of single-pane windows and doors installed in the 1960s, installation of a state-mandated storm water basin, installation of mandated fire doors, installation of safety systems, asbestos and lead containment, installation of a state-mandated elevator for handicap accessibility, electrical upgrades, an energy efficiency system, replacement of boilers and internet accessibility.

The proposition also calls for construction of five new classrooms for pre-kindergarten, elementary science, special education, speech and occupational and physical therapy as well as a gymnasium and locker rooms. Current classrooms will be refurbished.

The second proposition totals $1,329,742.

It calls for the current combination gym/auditorium to be converted into an auditorium with additional permanent seating, improved lighting, improved sound system and new stage rigging and curtains.

The projects are eligible for 24.5 percent state aid.

Schroon Lake School was constructed in 1935. There was an addition built in 1962 and in 1965 temporary classrooms were placed at the rear of the school - those "tin" classrooms are still in use.

Schroon voters rejected a proposed $3.1 million project in 1989; rejected a $1 million boiler replacement project in 1990; had a 1992 building proposal die before going to vote; and rejected an $18.2 million project in 2005.

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