Voters in the six towns that send students to Lamoille Union High School have approved $2.2 million to replace the half-century-old gymnasium and parts of the cafeteria and auditorium.
The vote, held Tuesday in Belvidere, Cambridge, Eden, Hyde Park, Johnson and Waterville, was 387-253 in favor of the 20-year, $2,233,000 bond that will finance work on the gym, the cafeteria serving line and auditorium stage floor.
Half the money will go toward repair, replacement and re-insulation of the roof that covers that whole section of the school — 35,550 square feet of roof, plus insulation, HVAC upgrades and structural changes.
Since the same roof covers the gym and parts of the auditorium and cafeteria, the project was extended to include parts of those latter two spaces, as well.
In the auditorium, the stage floor will be replaced.
According to Lamoille North finance director Deb Clark, the district will wait 30 days to make sure the vote isn’t challenged, then get the ball rolling on the process.
Here’s a timeline for the project:
• Oct. 3: The district will finalize engineering specifications and drawings and start to create the bid documents to send to contractors.
• Dec. 18: the district will advertise for the job, requesting bids.
• Jan. 31, 2020: The bids will be opened.
• Feb. 3: The school board will review the bids and award the contract.
• June 1: The project starts, working around the rest of the school year.
• June 22: Right after graduation, the old gym will be demolished.
• June 29: Down comes the old roof.
• July 13 through Oct. 29: The contractor will strive to complete construction on the gym, cafeteria line, auditorium stage and the roof that covers the whole thing.
• Oct. 30, 2020: the new facility opens.