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Schroon planning celebration

SCHROON LAKE - As a building project prepares Schroon Lake Central School for the next century, a group of residents are looking back.

A committee is being formed to plan a celebration of the school's 75th anniversary.

The group will meet Monday, Sept. 28, at the Schroon Lake Central School cafeteria at 7p.m. Anyone interested in being on the committee, who wants to give input on ideas for the activities or can help in any way is welcome to attend this inaugural meeting.

For information contact Dan MacGregor at 899-6634.

The 75th anniversary will be in 2010.

The cornerstone for the present school building was placed during a ceremony Sept. 13, 1935. A 50th anniversary celebration was held Sept. 13, 1985.

The current building project will expand and renovate the existing school.

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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