Lyons Township High School welcomed 1019 freshmen, 1009 sophomores, 1009 juniors and 1058 seniors. The following release concerns the renovations completed in preparation for the first day of classes:
The district was anything but idle over the summer, serving more than 1,000 students in summer school and more than 5,000 enrollments in athletic and activity camps.
In addition, millions of dollars of facility improvements occurred over the past nine weeks. Six South Campus science labs were gutted and renovated, complete with new plumbing, lighting, flooring, ceiling and cabinetry. The South Campus Main Office was reconfigured to allow for a separate, safe and secure visitor entrance. The South Campus tennis courts were demolished and reconfigured to allow for adequate aisles and spectator seating. Cracks, uneven surfaces and poor drainage all prompted the court remodel. More than $2 million in roof work was completed as well.
At North Campus, new lockers were installed in the fieldhouse boys and girls locker rooms, and new chillers and HVAC work was completed, allowing 14 of the school’s hottest classrooms to be air conditioned. A new entrance to the lower level library was created along with new ceiling and lighting in the Vaughan gym and an upper gym in the fieldhouse. The Reber Center seats and orchestra pit were removed and scaffolding now runs from floor to ceiling. Not only will the auditorium get a face lift, acoustics and lighting will be greatly improved and the “green room” will also be remodeled. The North Campus student and faculty cafeterias is undergoing a major renovation that will include a 2-story wall of windows, more efficient serving lines and new plumbing. Both the Reber Center and cafeteria are scheduled to be completed in March.
Superintendent Dr. Timothy Kilrea said, “I want to thank our Buildings and Grounds and Maintenance staffs for their herculean efforts in getting this school ready for students and teachers amidst contractors, dust and debris. In addition, our Technology Department deserves a huge round of applause for their efficient work in ensuring thousands of computers were updated and installed in time for school to begin. Finally, I’d like to thank our neighbors, students, staff and parents for their ongoing patience as we work to make improvements that will benefit all students now and into the future.”
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