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Additions and Renovations to Lake Central High School for Lake Central School Corporation

The Lake Central School Corporation 2011 Referendum Project included work at two sites:  Protsman Elementary and Lake Central High School

Protsman Elementary School is a new 135,000 s.f. school that serves 700 students and replaced an existing school building approximately half its size on the same property, adjacent to and overlapping the existing building’s footprint. The phased project allowed the existing school to remain fully operational while an adjacent 100,000 s.f. addition was built. Following occupancy of this portion of the new school in January 2014, the existing school was demolished. This made room for the completion of the remaining portion of the new school and the balance of the site work, which was completed for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

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Lake Central High School is a new 850,000 s.f. school that serves 3,500 students. There were three major phases of work: site work, new construction, and renovation.

  • Phase One addressed site work and utilities. It included the installation of a new electrical substation, relocation of underground utilities, and demolition of an athletic field and track.
  • Phase Two included the construction of two additions: a 3-story 263,000 s.f. classroom and vocational wing and a 77,000 s.f. aquatics center.
  • Phase Three began with the demolition of 150,000 s.f. of the existing school. New construction included a new 115,000 s.f. music, auditorium, and media center, a 110,000 s.f. competition gymnasium and administration area, and a new athletic fields complex. The athletic area includes a running track and synthetic turf softball field, baseball field, football field. It also has a new stadium, locker rooms, concessions, and bleachers. To finish Phase Three, 273,000 s.f. of the existing building was then renovated.

All of this work was performed while the high school remained fully functional and operational.








Community Impact
There were four promises the Lake Central School Corporation made to its community prior to the referendum:
1) Relieve overcrowding at Lake Central High School and Protsman Elementary School
2) Improve the level of technology available to the students and staff through an improved infrastructure
3) Complete projects that were aesthetically pleasing and a source of pride for the community
4) Complete the projects on time and under budget.