$3.4M Phase 2A of Lead-Deadwood facility update plan to begin

May 22, 2019

DEADWOOD — As soon as the hallways are cleared of kids for the summer, work associated with phase two of the Lead-Deadwood School District facility update will begin in earnest late this week.

With nearly $3.4 million in third- and fourth-floor renovations planned to enlarge rooms and place pull-out rooms with windows that allow for viewing students between classrooms, as well as extensive HVAC system work, there is much to complete prior to school start-up in September.

“It’s going to be a whirlwind 12 weeks and probably… it appears to me, the first two weeks and the last two weeks are going to be the most hectic part of the whole deal,” Superintendent Dr. Dan Leikvold in his address to the school board May 14. “The first two weeks, they’ve got to tear up the street and hook up waterlines, and they’ve got to go through the roof, so they’re going from both ways for two weeks, and it’s going to be a deal.”

Phase two work will occur solely at the elementary school building.

“This is phase 2A, just the third and fourth floors, although there is some work on the ground floor because of the water and the HVAC,” Leikvold said. “The following summer will be the other two floors there. There will be a little bit of work in the auditorium this year. Some ramp work.”

“It’s mainly a redesign of the classrooms, to make them bigger and more open, to enhance the educational environment,” Leikvold added. “Independent study and special services rooms will be right next to the classrooms and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are going to be upgraded dramatically.

Lead-Deadwood Elementary is currently a three-section school, or three sections of each grade, and the renovations will accommodate a smaller number of sections up to the three sections, leaving flexibility in case of changes in enrollment.

Phase one work involved installation of a high school elevator, tuckpointing at the high school and elementary schools, and two retaining walls at the elementary school, at a cost of $1.3 million.

Phase 3 of the facilities update and its corresponding financial commitment, is still in discussion, but is likely to involve renovating the elementary school cafeteria and kitchen, as well as some classroom renovation.

In other business, Leikvold said gym two will be closed the first week in June and gym one will be closed July 5-15 to be repainted and refinished.

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