L’Anse Creuse students and staff at all levels will be greeted with significant building renovations next week when they arrive for the first day of the 2012-13 school year.
Funded by a 2005 bond, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools has renovated portions of L’Anse Creuse High School, and . The district has also completed building the Harry L. Wheeler Community Center and Administrative Offices in Clinton Township.
While most projects will be ready for students and staff Sept. 4, others will be completed in the near future, said Paula Rose, school and community relations assistant for the district.
Projects at L'Anse Creuse North include refinishing the parking lot and completing interior renovations, such as a reconfigured media center and front office. For fire protection, the school has upgraded the ceilings. Renovations on the sprinkler system in the pool area and gym will continue next summer.
At L’Anse Creuse High School, projects that students and staff will see completed at the start of this year include a refinished parking lot and interior renovations, such as ceramic tile in the school’s corridors, some reconfigured classrooms and new ceilings for better fire protection. Construction on the upper floor of the school and the band room will continue next summer, Rose said.
Middle School North also received a new parking lot, gym and fitness lab. Rose noted that the gym and commons at the school will continue to be worked on during the school year and are expected to be completed during the first semester.
The middle school’s old gym will convert to a space for band and choir students. Next summer, renovations will continue on the old gym, and the old band room will become a new staff lounge, Rose added.
Work has also been completed on the district’s new 53,130-square-foot administration building in Clinton Township. The previous administration building in Harrison Township, which was formerly Jefferson Elementary School, is no longer in use.
The Harry L. Wheeler Community Center and Administrative Offices now houses the superintendent’s office, business office, human resources, curriculum department, community relations, student and information services, community education, special education department and the district archive room.
“All departments are moved in and fully functioning,” Rose said.
The building is equipped with geothermal heating and cooling and features LED parking lot lights, Rose added.
Rose did not specify costs of the projects, as they are ongoing.