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Lancaster schools complete nearly $4 million in renovations

When Lancaster’s high school students return to school next week, they’ll have about 2,600 new lockers throughout the building to enjoy.

Repaved north and south parking lots at the high school - along with a new parent dropoff loop in an expanded parking area of the south lot - are among the other improvements made this summer.

The $3.75 million in work done between the high school and Hillview Elementary School are getting finishing touches this week before the district’s nearly 6,000 students return to school Sept. 6.

“I have every reason to believe we’ll clear all cylinders by the opening” of school, Superintendent Michael J. Vallely told the School Board during its meeting Monday. “The last push is this week to get everything spic and span.”

The district said it completed substantial construction in a short period of time as part of the fourth phase of district-wide capital improvements. The work is a pre-cursor to the district’s $57.3 million capital project approved by voters more than a year ago and waiting for approval from the state.

At the high school, renovations also included replacement of the building’s electrical distribution system, many ceilings, lights and floors, and HVAC upgrades to computer room spaces. The cafeteria serving area also was remodeled.

At Hillview, new tile floors were installed in two wings of classrooms and hallways.

The district also welcomed 18 new teachers last week as part of a two-day orientation, filling many gaps created by a district-wide retirement incentive. A few more additional instruction staff still are expected to be hired.

“We haven’t had a new teacher hire like this in a long time,” Vallely said afterward. “It’s good for us, with such a mass exodus, to have such a mass entry.”

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