Renovation plan approved for Lead-Deadwood schools

LEAD, S.D. (KEVN) - The Lead-Deadwood School District has approved phase one of a renovation project that could involve all three schools.

The initial phase, approved by the school board, is a $1.3 million renovation plan for the high school in Lead and elementary school in Deadwood.

The work includes brickwork and installation of an elevator at the high school. The money will come out of the capital outlay fund. The long-term plan is designed to enhance the learning environment and to adapt to declining enrollment.

Phase two, if approved, would include the remodel of the third and fourth floors in the 1924 portion of the elementary school in Deadwood.

The overall project is estimated to cost about $12 million.

Down the road, the district will also take a look at closing the middle school in Lead due to declining enrollment. However, that decision is not expected for several years.