By Julie McCay Turner
Bedford’s Lt. Job Lane Elementary School dedicated its renovations and new addition on Wednesday evening, September 6, with ice cream from Bedford Farms, bouncy houses full of barefoot kids from 3 to 13, and a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony in the new stairwell that is the project’s signature.
Teacher Jamie Nolan said that while her class is not in one of the new rooms, the new stairs make the entire building easier to use. The new stairs are double the width of the old ones, allowing twice the volume of students and teachers able to use the stairs at the same time, a much-needed improvement with the additional classrooms and programs at Lane this year.
Calling the $4M renovation and addition an incredibly well-managed project, Superintendent Jon Sill said, “We are excited to be opening [Lane School] under budget, and on time.” Sills went on to congratulate the architects, builders, support staff, teachers and students along with the Building Committee that brought the project to fruition.”
With only about $40,000 in change orders over the course of the project, funds remaining in the original contingency budget will go a long way to funding changes to the school’s parking lot and traffic flow.
With kudos to Principal Rob Ackerman who was an important liaison throughout the project, Building Committee co-chair Jeffrey Dearing and School Committee Chair Michael McAllister cut a ‘Bedford Blue’ ribbon, officially opening the new building.