WARSAW — It’s been over 50 years since the old Lincoln Elementary School opened its doors in 1957. Next week, students will return from break to the new Lincoln Elementary School.
Kindergarten through sixth grade students will be housed in the new two-story Lincoln Elementary School for years to come. The facility is comprised of four section classrooms. Kindergarten through third grade classrooms will reside on the lower level with the cafeteria, gymnasium, STEM lab and the media center. The fourth through sixth grade classrooms will be upstairs.
The groundbreaking for the building took place on Dec. 17, 2015. Currently teachers, staff and construction crews are concluding the finishing touches of the new building. They will be hard at work the next few days ensuring the building will be ready for students when school is back in session on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
The school was designed with a collaborative nature in mind. Many classrooms have an open feel as they are connected by a “collaboration learning area” where teachers can open their doors and have a space for different classes to work together on projects or activities.
Administrative assistant Lori Tilden stated the new building, “Lends to a more creative environment.”
The new facility was built after it became clear the old building was not up to par. Some students had to take classes in portable trailers outside the school because there was not enough room for them in the building. Electrical components of the building were lacking as well as fuses would often blow when students plugged in too many electronics.
The old Lincoln Elementary School is scheduled to be demolished in February said Tilden. Currently parent pick-up will take place on Clark Street, however, once demolition of the old building is complete, the area will be paved and parents will be able to pick students up through the main entrance on Lincoln Street.
WCS appreciates the patience and support of teachers, staff, students, parents and the community during the construction and transition into the new building.