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Lakeland schools spruced up over summer break


The Lakeland School Board received a report on capital projects undertaken around the district over the summer.

The report, presented Monday at the board’s regular meeting, noted that the summer of 2012 was “a relatively light summer in terms of projects,” with more smaller projects throughout facilities as compared to one large initiative at one building.

At the high school, the most visible project was a new electronic sign in front of the school. Maintenance also installed new carpet was installed in the main office, guidance department, conference room and three classrooms. Security cameras were added and the system was changed to a web-based system. Swipe card entry was added.

Outside of the high school, the biggest project was the replacement of the tennis courts. It was noted that the tennis court project came in $12,000 under budget.

A new flag pole and base was added at the football field through the Lakeland Athletic Boosters.

The middle school saw only a handful of projects, including replacement of chalkboards with white boards and refinishing of the gymnasium floor.

Parkside had new carpet installed in 12 classrooms and the lobby. The school also had wood carpet added to the playground. Members of the LaGrange Little Girls Softball League painted the storage/concession building.

Lima-Brighton and Wolcott Mills had wood carpet added to the playground, along with replacement of chalkboards with white boards in 4th and 5th grade classrooms.

The report noted that the next two years will see more infrastructure updating to all facilities.

In other business:

The board voted to get quotes to replace the lighting in the main gym at the high school. There were differing ideas on the estimated cost, with a low amount of $150 per light for 24 lights, up to $70,000 for new lights, relocation, light controls and additional work.