Swanton Schools to celebrate expanded schools

Swanton Local Schools will be celebrating the opening of their newly-expanded and renovated schools on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m, at the “new” Swanton Middle School, formerly Park Elementary. The newly-aligned middle school, hosting grades 5-8, where the event will take place, is located at 101 Elton Parkway.

The school district’s entire construction project was funded with no new tax dollars. All schools have new, modern, secured entries, promoting student safety, with a vestibule and buzzer system, insuring the only access is through the main office.

The former Crestwood Elementary becomes the “new” Swanton Elementary School, hosting grades K-4. Six classrooms were added to the Crestwood building, with two more classrooms and storage to be added, due to the project coming in under bid. Additionally, the entire building will now be air-conditioned.

The reconfiguration of the middle school has grades 5-8 moving into what was formerly Park Elementary, creating a true middle school alignment. New additions include a large instrumental music/band room, a large choir room, and a new cafeteria/multi-purpose room. The renovation includes 300 new lockers and new cabinetry in the band room. The entire building will now be air-conditioned as well.

Renovations at Swanton High School were centered primarily around security and expanding and improving preschool services, which will now be at the high school. As noted above, the high school now also has a renovated main entry area, where a vestibule and buzzer system will control access and provide modern security features for the building.

The former middle school on Cherry Street has been demolished, but the site remains a viable component of the district, with keeping Fisher Gymnasium in place with renovations to the facility for district and community use. “Additions of public restrooms, improvements to existing locker rooms, new HVAC work, and a new exterior finish to the east wall, will really make this a special venue for the district, and the area now becomes an enhanced athletic campus,” said a release from Jay LeFevre, interim superintendent.

Also, several valued architectural structures from the old Cherry Street building were saved and will be repurposed as part of the renovation.