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Plans / Improvements
Plans for Lincoln Elementary include:
- Safety: The main entrance was updated with electronic door locks and releases for this school year. A redesigned office entry would provide for greater security and student protection by securing the traffic flow through the office prior to entering the school.
- An upgrade to the heating and ventilation system. We currently are experiencing many leaks and issues in the heating system located in the 1966 portion of the building.
- Two preschool classrooms that double as tornado-safe shelter rooms for all students and staff at Lincoln Elementary. These classrooms will be slightly larger than the current preschool classroom since the current classrooms were not designed for preschool. Preschool classrooms need more space for the play centers, where children explore and learn to interact through play. The current preschool classroom will be used as a classroom, creating much-needed classroom space.
- A new gymnasium will replace the current space used for physical education. The current gymnasium/multi-purpose room is small was designed for children in grades kindergarten through 2nd grade. 3rd and 4th grade students now attend and require more space. A new gymnasium will also provide exercise options for students when the weather is not suitable (rain, wind chill) for outdoor recess.
- The current gymnasium/multi-purpose room will be remodeled to create a larger cafeteria, storage, and music room. The larger cafeteria will allow us to serve more students, which will allow greater flexibility in the schedule for academics. The music room will relocate to provide a quiet academic environment for neighboring classrooms.
- One faculty workroom will be created near the office. There are currently two, small workrooms. This would create efficiencies with staff collaboration and equipment. One of the former workrooms will be updated into a classroom for special services.
- The current music room will be able to be used as a classroom.
History of Build our Future
The BUILD OUR FUTURE Committee has been meeting for the past 12 months and is comprised of 35-40 community stakeholders, including parents, business owners, school employees, and students. Previous plans for a new gymnasium and classroom additions did not address the full needs of the district. A full comprehensive evaluation of school district facilities has taken place over the last 12 months including, tours of facilities, inspections and evaluations, and visits to other schools. As a result of these assessments, proposed plans have been drawn to address the current and future needs of each building. Changes would include improved safety and security, new heating and windows, building and traffic flow, use of space, remodeling classrooms to better meet academic needs in addition to new preschool classrooms, health and physical education spaces (gymnasiums), fine arts upgrades and additions (music, band, and art classrooms), food service, and administrative offices.
On September 13, 2016, the Osage Community School District voting patrons voted down a bond referendum that would have provided $14.9 million to renovate and add on to Lincoln Elementary and the Middle/High School buildings. As such the school district has conducted a survey of the voting patrons in an effort to gather input from community members.
After reviewing the community survey results, the Build our Future committee determined that decreasing the cost to district taxpayers without changing the design and impact of the project was possible. The referendum vote on April 4, 2017 will include a taxpayer commitment of $9.9 million towards the project with the remainder of the $20 million being funded with cash and borrowing against the PPEL and SAVE funds.