District 117 approves plans to update Lincoln Elementary

By Ryne Turke on August 12, 2015 at 6:58pm

District 117 board members held a special meeting on Wednesday to approve Phase II of the Vision 117 process.

During a community engagement session last week, Superintendent Steve Ptacek announced that the extra $8 million available from the bond sale would be going towards the renovation of Lincoln Elementary.

Ptacek spoke highly of this decision during the community engagement session and board members agreed by passing the delivery model unanimously.

School board members Noel Beard and Steve Cantrell feel the community will really benefit from the improvements made to Lincoln Elementary.

“I think this is a great start for renovating the entire district. Lincoln is a very high profile school and I think the community will see a lot of progress with one school and see what we can do with the rest of them. The brand new school will provide a more adaptable, secure, safe and a better learning environment,” says Beard.

“The cost savings in the future is going to be dramatic. This shows the public that we are doing what we say we are going to do and we will use this money very wisely. By doing this renovation, this is showing what you have to look forward to,” says Cantrell.

Ptacek estimates that nearly $6 million will be used for the restoration project of Lincoln Elementary.

Board members also approved the hiring of an owner’s representative for Turner Junior High School.

To hear more about Phase II of the Vision 117 plan, you can listen to the interview with Ptacek on the “What’s On Your Mind?” section of our website.