Repairs to Lake Elementary and Middle schools won’t delay the opening of the schools for the 2010-11 school year, according to Tim Krugh, president of the Lake Board of Education, who says the board has reached agreement with the district’s insurer for roof repairs to both buildings.
The middle and elementary schools were damaged in a June 5 tornado that also destroyed the nearby high school building.
The school board is also close to deciding on how to proceed with replacing the damaged cafeteria and boilers for the middle school.
“Both of these buildings will be ready for school come late August,” Krugh said. “That’s our goal and we think it’s realistic. Some of the roof work may be done later but the buildings themselves will be ready to go. That work has been authorized and we’re working on the details for getting the boilers at the middle school operating. The heat we may not need until October, hopefully. But we hope to have the cafeteria running by the time school starts. We’re looking at a permanent structure for the cafeteria rather than a temporary structure because the costs may not be a whole lot more.”
Preliminary estimates for repairs to both buildings are about $2 million, he said.
The board has also agreed to proceed with the installation of a synthetic Field Turf on the football field at a cost of $750,000 that will be covered by insurance.
The tornado also embedded debris in the football field and other grass fields on the campus near the intersection of Lemoyne Road and State Route 795.
The synthetic field will be marked for use for soccer as well as football, Krugh said, adding it can be used for practice and gym classes and topsoil removed from the football field will be used to remediate a practice field.
“If we went back to natural turf it would be very expensive because there would have to be excavation,” he said. “It would have to be hauled away and then topsoil brought back in. If we went with new sod or seed the field just wouldn’t be ready for the season. The key for us is you can practice as well as play on the Field Turf because we don’t have practice areas right now because of the debris.”
The Lake Flyers are scheduled to host the Northwood Rangers Sept. 3 in what will be the second game of the season for both teams.
The Lake board recently agreed to lease the Owens Community College Center for Development and Training building on Tracy Road for housing the high school for the 2010-11 school year.
The Owens administration has begun moving equipment out of the building, Krugh said.
“When they’re done with that we’ll have a better idea what we need to do to get the building ready,” he said.
The lease price is $3 a square foot.
The district has about $19.1 million in insurance coverage for the high school building, Krugh said.