District #7 held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 22 at Lincoln Middle School to kick off construction as part of the 2023 bond referendum.
The construction is made possible by the bond referendum passed at the April 4, 2023, Consolidated General Election by the District #7 community. The $100 million zero-tax-rate-increase bond issue, which will fund projects at every school in District #7, will address identified facility needs, essential safety and security upgrades and other identified critical maintenance needs, and provide an improved learning environment for District #7 students.
One of the identified projects is a partial renovation and rebuild at Lincoln Middle School. The construction will keep the original 1925 portion of the school building intact. Over the decades, Lincoln Middle School has undergone various additions, which has led to different floor levels that require steep stairs to get from one area of the building to another. The renovations and rebuilding will help improve the navigability of the school.
“As a district, we are incredibly grateful to be part of a community that recognizes the importance of investing in our students and schools,” said superintendent Dr. Patrick Shelton. “The renovation of Lincoln Middle School is a testament to our collective commitment to excellence in education. This project encompasses a range of improvements that will have a profound impact on the overall learning experience of our students.”
“Lincoln Middle School stands as a testament to the rich history of our community,” said Board of Education President Jill Bertels. “It has witnessed generations of students, educators, and staff, who have shaped its halls with their stories, dreams, and aspirations. While the years have taken their toll on the structure, its significance, and the memories it holds remain intact. Today, we honor the past by preserving the building’s legacy, while at the same time, prepare for a new chapter.”
“Today is a special day for all of us who have worked hard to make this a reality and it has been my pleasure to be part of a team that has been dedicated to ensuring that Lincoln Middle School is renovated, as well as all the other projects that will be completed because of the passage of the bond referendum in April,” said Lucas Siron, chair of the Engage District #7 committee. “It is a testament to what can be achieved when we come together with a shared vision.”
When complete, the renovations will enhance safety, security, and access to the building and will create a comfortable and conducive learning and working environment for students, teachers, and staff.
Construction at Lincoln Middle School will result in new gymnasiums, a renovated theater, new performing arts classrooms, a new commons area and added handicap accessibility. There will also be a renovation of classrooms that will equip students with modern technologies and resources to facilitate innovative teaching and learning.