Sun. 11:14 p.m.: Lakeview project proceeds for new school opening


CORTLAND — When the school year ends May 16, students at Lakeview Elementary and Lakeview Middle schools will be the final classes at those buildings. Work is nearing completion on a two-story, $31 million PK-8 School they will replace those buildings in September.

Lakeview Local Schools Superintendent Bob Wilson said the school year is ending earlier than usual and the 2018-19 year starts after Labor Day to allow as much time this spring and summer to get the new complex and parking lot off Wakefield Drive completed as well as the middle school demolished. It also will provide time for teachers to pack and move into the new building before demolition.

The new school will house 1,100 students in preschool to fourth grade in one section, and grades five to eight in another. A roadway around the building will be added in order to accommodate emergency vehicles.

The state is contributing 30 percent of the project costs at $9.39 million, and a local 4.5-mill bond issue over 37 years is covering the remainder of the costs at more than $21 million.

Wilson said plans are to tear down the current middle school in late May or early June so work can begin on the new parking lot.

Read more and see photos in the Monday Tribune Chronicle.