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Plans for phase two of Lyme Central School’s capital project halfway complete

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CHAUMONT — Designs for the second phase of Lyme Central School’s capital project are 50 percent complete.

Michael J. Harris, an architect at Bernier, Carr & Associates, said the plans call for installation of an air conditioning unit for the library, an upgraded entryway near the school’s parking lot, an umbrella Wi-Fi system and upgrades to various doors inside the building.

“We’re about 50 percent done with the design before it’s ready to be sent to the state Education Department,” Mr. Harris said.

He said the plans should be ready to send out by January. If they are approved by May, construction could begin as early as August.

“It’s a really simple project, and the sooner we get the plans back, the sooner we can get it out to bid,” Mr. Harris said. “The sooner we have a bid, the sooner we can plan to start the work.”

He said the easiest upgrade to implement is the Wi-Fi system, followed by the entryway.

Superintendent Karen M. Donahue said the project will be funded with money left over from the project residents approved in 2012 to replace the rotting roof.

Mr. Harris said he is confident that even with a $200,000 budget, he can get all of the projects completed.

“The district voters are trusting us to be as frugal as possible to provide upgrades. ... That will save us money in the long run,” Mrs. Donahue said.

The canopy, which will be built at the side entrance of the school near the parking lot, will wrap around the corner of the building and shield the doors from the wind. The slanted roof will allow runoff to flow down a pipe through a pillar and empty into the school’s drainage system.

“Water won’t be running off and spraying people. It will protect them from the elements when they are coming into the school and will be a better experience for people coming to our school,” Mrs. Donahue said.

School board member Deanna Lothrop said the new canopy will give the school a “real entrance.”

Implementing a Wi-Fi system would improve the Internet access throughout the building.

“Right now we use a series of routers throughout the building,” Mrs. Donahue said. “So to get connected, you need the passwords to all of the routers, and I need to be connected everywhere when doing teacher evaluations.”

Students will use the Wi-Fi with school laptops, iPads and other learning tools.

If there is extra money once the projects are completed, additional projects, such as adding lights to the student parking lot and security cameras to the district office, could be considered.

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