Lead-Deadwood Elementary School is making headway with phase one of its new facility plan, which has been somewhat slowed by asbestos remediation in the elevator portion of the project. Because of the asbestos work, the final completion date has been pushed from August 24th to September 21st, but the rest of this summer’s work is still on track to be completed by the time school starts again this fall, reports the Black Hills Pioneer.
Phase one of the plan, which is currently underway, includes approximately $873,000 in renovations and updates, and some changes have been made to the original plan in light of the work being done this summer.
Phase two of the project includes remodeling the third and fourth floors of the elementary school, which was originally built in 1924, in 2019, and the first and second floors in 2020. The facility plan originally called for the construction of a completely new auditorium during phase two, but now the existing one will be renovated instead. In 2020, the office will be moved to the ground floor of the building and the main entrance will change.
Originally, phase three of the plan involved tearing down the portion of the elementary school built in 1985 and purchase new property to expand on. Instead, the plan has changed to remodel those portions, says Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Leikvold.
The estimated cost of the districts total update plan is $12 million. The plan was developed in 2016 to address the Lead-Deadwood’s declining enrollment by repurposing its three buildings to house students more efficiently. Of that $12 million, the plan calls for $9.3 million in elementary school updates and $2.3 million high school building updates, which include making room for all grades 6-12.
Current plans do not call for closing any buildings for at least four years, but there is a possibility that the middle school building in Lead could be closed after being used as a transitionary facility while the other two buildings are updated.
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