Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lake Shore Middle School to Be `Retrofitted'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lake Shore Middle School to Be `Retrofitted'

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Lake Shore Middle School, built in 1942, will undergo a

multimillion-dollar construction project school officials say

will ready it for the 21st century.

The project will be bid in July, with construction to begin in

August or September.

"It's desperately needed, especially in terms of technology,"

said Tim Ahern, Lake Shore's principal. "The school will be

totally retrofitted."

About $10.8 million already has been approved for the project

from various funding sources. Last night, the Duval County

School Board was scheduled to vote on adding $2 million to the

budget from the proposed 1998-99 long-range capital outlay plan.

During the 16-month construction period, 15 portables will be

brought in to accommodate students. Lake Shore, which has an

enrollment of 1,251 students, already has 19 portables.

While there have been some additions to the facility over the

years, this is the first project of this magnitude, Ahern said.

The work will be done in three overlapping stages. Features

include:

A larger, modern cafetorium to replace the old cafeteria.

An expanded media center with updated equipment and a video

production room with closed circuit capability.

The center will be enlarged from 4,300 square feet to 7,600

square feet and will include an eight-station computer area.

Relocation of administrative offices into a new building,

adjacent to the main building. It will include rooms for group

counseling and student activities.

A renovated, air-conditioned gym.

Renovation of the two-story main building, which houses

seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms and special programs.

Improvements to the sixth-grade building.

A new bus loading zone, parent pickup area, covered walkways

and canopies.

Additional parking for parents and staff. …

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