AuSable Valley School District EXCELL project under way

A variety of other renovations are also taking place at the three school sites in the district.

Keeseville Elementary

Savage said that the work at KES is the "least amount" of work in the entire scope of the project, but no less important when it comes to student safety and educational experiences.

"There is a two-classroom addition that is part of the project at Keeseville," Savage said. "We are also re-organizing the parking lot with a sperate bus entrance."

The school is adding a front entrance canopy, bleacher seating in the gymnasium and a remodeling of the kitchen area, along with the installation of a generator.

"The generator will be something that can support the school and the community as a emergency shelter if something like the ice storm were to happen again," Savage said.

Au Sable Forks Elementary

Work at AFES includes the addition of four classrooms, the addition of a stage and bleacher seating in the gymnasium and a re-routing of the parking and driveway area to help with student safety.

"The tightest space that we have in the district is there," Savage said. "We are also pleased that we will be adding a stage and appropriate seating for school activities and athletic events there."

AV Middle/High School

Four classrooms are being added on to the current building to help address spacing issues at the school, along with the addition of a secure entrance and the renovation of the ramp and sidewalk area.

The project also calls for improvements to the flooring, ceiling and roof.

"The renovation work is more extensive than the addition work," Brow said. "The big thing is that you are working with original parts of the building."


Work on the wood chip boiler plants is expected to be completed in the spring of this year, while the project is scheduled to be wrapped by the opening of the 2012-13 school year.

"The realistic goal is that we are done with the work by Sept. 1, 2012," Savage said.

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