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12 I The Lovell Chronicle I October 16, 2014 Bulldog Caf opens this week BY PATrl CARPENTER For the first time in many years, students at Lovell High School will be able to relax and en- joy lunch with their fel- low classmates on campus when the new balcony seat- ing area adjacent to the re- cently completed multi-pur- pose room opens for their use on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Prior to completion of the newly constructed area, students were bused to the elementary school for lunch that was served out of the school district's main kitch- en, which is located on the elementary school campus. Also opening for stu- dent use is the new "Bull- dog Caf ," which will serve a limited fare prepared in its brand new kitchen. Full lunches will continue to be prepared at the elementa- ry school and delivered and served through the caf& "We've already started stocking the cafeteria, our cooks have been trained on use of the equipment and we're going to serve lunch on Tuesday," said Big Horn County School District No. 2 Supt. Rick Woodford. MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM Also complete as of this week is the school's new multi-purpose room, which is professionally designed to allow for state-of-the-art presentations. "I got to experience it firsthand and the sound quality in the multi-pur- pose room is going to be first class," said Woodford. "Our staff has been trained how to use the multi-me- dia equipment, the projec- tor and screen, and how to use the video and the audio systems." According to Woodford, the new system includes wireless microphone capa- bility. It also includes wire- less assisted hearing de- vices for those who have hearing impairments like an "FM loop" compatible with many hearing aides or a headset directly linked to the microphone system. "Audience members will be able to hear clearly what is being amplified through the PA system," said Wood- ford. "It has all been acous- tically tuned so that all the frequencies are where they are supposed to be and it PATTI CARPENTER A construction worker puts the finishing touches on the newly remodeled multi-purpose room at Lovell High School this week. PATTI CARPENTER The Bulldog Cafd is ready to serve lunch to Lovell High School students for the first time on Tuesday, Oct. 21. sounds just fantastic. "The system has been designed and engineered for the room. Acoustic pan- els are a part of the system along with acoustic reflec- tors that will project the sound without the use of microphones." Woodford said two cus- tom made glass doors and a window are the only items that have not been deliv- ered and installed at the in- door entrance to the mul- tipurpose room but he expects those items to ar- rive as early as next week. "They are actually fra- meless glass doors and a glass panel that will serve as a window or glass wall," said Woodford. "Other than that and a few punch list items, the multi-purpose room is complete. This is a facility that will serve our students and our communi- ty for years to come." NORTH WING DELAYS Change orders have backed up work into No- vember for the school's north wing, which includes the family and consumer science room, district of- rices, boardroom and spe- cial education areas. Exte- rior walls in the boardroom and special education room will require some insula- tion that was not present in that area. Woodford said construction crews found some exposed beam and places requiring patchwork and it seemed best to just insulate the area at this time. He said the job is cur- rently out to bid and he an- ticipates money from the contingency fund to cover the cost. "Originally, when the plans were drawn up, all of the exterior walls were to get insulation, but that got cut," he explained. "Now with money left in the con- tingency fund, we've made a decision to go forward with that. It will cost the state out of the contingen- cy fund, but it won't cost us out of local tax dollars. "We are in the process of getting estimates for the work. If we proceed with that plan it will probably back the project up another couple of weeks. We're hop- ing to see completion by the first week of November." He said with the floor- ing done, ceilings in prog- ress, painting done, and work on electrical and data systems in progress, No- vember should be a rea- sonable date to expect completion. One special education classroom in the wing is done and. is currently in use, but the kitchen and bathroom facility locat- ed between the two class- rooms is not done. He said an error in cabinetry sent items back to the cabinet- maker and caused comple- tion of those areas to fall behind schedule. BUS LANES "The bus lane is work- ing great," said Woodford. "I think our kids are safer because of it. It's just work- ing out really well." He noted that the bus lane near the gym is also functioning and has made that area safer, especial- ly when games are in progress. "It's never safe to drive a bus through a parking lot," he said. "It's so much safer for the buses to have their own lane." ATHLETIC AREAS So far, improvements to the playing field have been well received by foot- ball players and fans alike. "I think the public has had the chance to see the new football field," said Woodford. "The kids seem to be really happy with it." Fans attending bas- ketball games this winter will find themselves a lit- tle more sure-footed due to a new heated sidewalk in front of the gym that will kick in to prevent ice from forming at the en- trance to the gym. The system, which is heated by an underground sys- tem driven by a thermo- stat controlled boiler sys- tem should prevent ice from forming in the heav- ily traveled area. Additional improve- ments to the outdoor ath- letic areas, including the discus cage, and the long jump and pole vault ar- eas should be done in the spring. Woodford said the practice field now has a new underground sprin- kler system and the area will be hydro-seeded in the fall. "We hope to see a nice green practice field by next June," he said. The new weight room is done, and waiting for equipment to arrive. The equipment was ordered some time ago but some of it is custom, which Wood- ford said takes additional time. The indoor concession stand will not be open to football attendees this sea- son, as was originally an- ticipated. Woodford said it was decided to not open it to football fans until side- walks were in place be- tween the football field and the concession stand. Woodford said he doesn't expect that to happen un- til next year. In the mean- time, fans have been using the concession stand locat- ed in the gym. PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES No public events sched- uled as yet, but parents will be able to see the ar- eas that are complete when they attend parent/teach- er conferences later in the month (Oct. 27 and 30). He said all areas that are com- plete are expected to be ac- cessible to parents during their visit. 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