Boone Central School is getting a major facelift in the next year after a bond was passed to add on and replace parts of the facility.
After replacing the track and football field, the School Board and Superintendent Cory Worrell started looking at the school as whole and decided there was some things that needed to change.
The first bond that was presented was to build a new school but that failed.
“The board went back to the drawing board and said ‘Well, we still have these facility issues and code issues we need to address.’ So what else can we do?”
In May of 2015, a bond was passed to add on to the building that was already there.
“It took about a year of research to figure out what we want to get done down here,” Worrell said. “We knew we were going to add onto the elementary but you start to get down to the exact design of it, and that is what we have worked on this past school year.”
The first phase of construction started two weeks ago to add a gym and new kitchen to the east side of the school.
Samson construction is leading the construction that has been halted this week due to rain.
The beginning stage of the construction is resulting in dirt work and foundation work to fix the old foundation from a previous building.
The new foundation will be able to hold the new structure that will be have the first phase complete this time next year.
The summer of 2017 will start the second phase of construction at the elementary side of the school and the science rooms.
Worrell said that the hardest part of this construction is figuring out how to working around it this next school year.
Worrell is also looking forward to the new kitchen, which part of the first phase of construction.
“I think that what exciting is know that certain things such as breakfast and lunch, it will be much easier,” Worrell said. “And more efficient on how we serve kids those things.”
The new gym and kitchen/commons area will also benefit the community at public events.
“I think people are excited that it will mean something really good for kids in the future and it should mean good things for our community as well.”
Other changes include handicapped accessible locker rooms, more spacious offices with meeting rooms, and better security throughout the entrances.
The whole project is planned to be complete by fall of 2017.