LOCKPORT – Summer months spell vacation for students but for school officials it means time for additional improvements to school buildings.
High school districts in Lockport and New Lenox have several construction projects they are planning to complete by the time the new school year begins in the fall. For Lockport Township High School District 205, that means renovations to its athletic stadium. Lincoln Way High School District 210 is doing roof work at Lincoln-Way Central High School.
This summer, Lockport high school officials plan on replacing the track and grass field at its athletic stadium with artificial turf. It’s the biggest construction project for the school district thus far.
Team REIL Inc. will be the lead contractor for the project for roughly $1.6 million. Todd Wernet, district superintendent, has said renovations to the stadium were needed so it could be used not only for athletes but other students.
Another summer project will be the relocation of the Career & Community Connections program, which provides vocational opportunities for students with special needs. Students in the program “develop communication skills and competencies through guidance and work experience,” according to Lockport high school district’s website.
That program was held off campus, but now a wood shop classroom will be converted to hold the program, said Kim Brehm, school district spokeswoman.
Also for this summer, window units will be installed at Central campus and more security features – such as glass doors and cameras – will be added to the main entrance in the same building.
“They are going to make it a little more like the [East campus] entrance. … Like most school nowadays they have two locked doors,” Brehm said.
At Lincoln-Way Central High School, students and staff can expect to see roof work completed this summer. A section of the roof will be renovated, said Stacy Holland, district community relations director.
“It’s one of the oldest sections in the center of this building,” she said.