Our district is privileged to serve several tight-knit communities who are dedicated to children and their education. But in order to continue pursuing excellence and innovation, our bond committee has determined the necessity for facility upgrades. Our High School and Elementary school facilities range from 22 to 99 years old, and the core infrastructure systems (HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical) continue to deteriorate. We have studied, identified, and prioritized the following facility needs to improve the student learning environment:
The LCC High School and Elementary facility includes a building constructed in 1922 (HS two-story building) with additions and/or renovations in 1957 (gym, locker rooms, stage, kitchen, administration, classrooms), 1965 (HS west wing classrooms), 1978 (main gym, elementary wing classrooms), 1996 (fitness center), and 1999 (Learning Center/Library). While the additions provided much-needed learning space, they also resulted in a sprawling maze, connecting links, and multiple levels that have made security, supervision, and access challenging. The disconnected layout has also resulted in no common gathering space for students during the school day or for patrons during community events.
The Board of Education has determined that this project is the most effective and responsible way to address these needs. Interest rates remain historically low, leading to substantial cost savings – and construction costs are projected to rise an average of 5% to 7% annually. Investing today will deliver future savings, not only in estimated project costs and interest, but also in operational costs.