Construction of new Lakeview Middle School begins in Cortland

Officials estimate that the over $30 million project will take about two years to complete

Construction of the new Lakeview Middle School begins in Cortland.

CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Construction of the new Lakeview Middle School is underway and officials are working to address concerns community members might have.

The bond issue didn’t pass the first time it was brought to the voters and even after it was approved, people still had some apprehension.

Susan Verbosky’s backyard borders the construction site. At first, she was worried about drainage issues but after attending a few meetings and talking with both school and construction officials, she says she feels a lot better.

“One thing that they stressed very much at the last meeting that they had, the company that is building this school…wanted to be good neighbors and that they had our best interest in mind.”

Officials estimate that the over $30 million project will take about two years to complete. When the K-8 building is finished, it will be 130,000 square feet, complete with a few playgrounds and technological advancements for about 1,100 students.

“This is a 21st century learning environment over there, totally different,” Superintendent Bob Wilson said. “It provides for collaborative learning, creative thinking and technology.”

“I’ve seen the pictures and I’ve seen all of the videos of it. It’s going to be a beautiful building,” Verbosky said.

Meanwhile, $2 million worth of improvements to the high school athletic fields are almost complete.

“It includes new synthetic surface, a new eight-lane track, visitors’ side bleachers, ADA updates, as well as a new restroom facility on the home side,” Wilson said.

He says the athletic fields should be ready to go by August.

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