When La Salle-Peru High School students return to in-person learning, they’ll come back to an East building that’s “unrecognizable.”
The project, which overhauled the gym and pool area to go along with the already functioning Area Career Center space, is expected to be substantially completed by the end of September.
“It’s coming along really well,” said L-P superintendent Steve Wrobleski “Our kids are going to come back to comparable world-class facilities that we have in the main building.”
In the East gym, hardwood floors were installed along with bleachers and a drop down divider for the space.
The pool area is being completely renovated with new windows, a new ceiling, new locker rooms and new lights.
The only aspect of the pool area not being renovated is the interior of the pool, which Wrobleski said is in good shape.
“It looks like a brand new building,” Wrobleski said.
The pool is scheduled to be filled this week because a new dehumidification system has to be commissioned.
Wrobleski said school officials are in the early stages of looking at designs for a new space on the pool level that will be turned into a dance studio. Wrobleski said they’re looking at an adagio floor and putting mirrors up on one wall.
“It’s going to be great for our P.E. classes,” Wrobleski said. “I think they can start doing some innovative new things for our curriculum like yoga and dance. This is going to be one of the Cavalettes primary facilities for practice and certainly our cheer team is going to be able to make really good use of it.
“We love to have the community be able to rent and use our facilities. Hopefully, this can be another space that benefits our entire community.”
Wrobleski said the majority of the work will be competed by the end of the month with some odds and ends going into October.
He added at some point down the road a ribbon cutting will be scheduled.