Lincoln School renovations celebrated
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A crowd gathered at Chester-East
Lincoln to celebrate the official unveiling of the renovations to
the school. Work has been completed on a new commons area, the
installation of heating and air systems, electrical systems, new
flooring in most of the building, and an overhaul of several old
classrooms, among other improvements.
Board members both present and past, school faculty, parents, and
students listened as Superintendent Jennifer Hamm gave a brief
speech before the ceremonial ribbon-cutting. The ribbon was cut by
Grace Mathon, a fourth-grader at CEL, with the help of several other
students. Mathon was named Student of the Year for the 2012-2013
In her speech, Hamm thanked the voters of Logan
County for passing the sales tax referendum in 2011 that allowed the
district to pay for these renovations. "This has been an
extraordinary gift you've given to Logan County schools," said Hamm.
Hamm said the renovation process took around 18 months from
planning through construction.
"Many individuals spent countless hours working on one or more
facets of this project, and I would like to recognize them this
evening," said Hamm, and she gave her thanks to the school board
members who provided their input on the project throughout, from
October 2011 through April 2013.
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"I'd also like to thank the community engagement committee, who
helped to develop the final plan," said Hamm. Members of this
committee were Daniel Sheehan, Craig Strampp, Mark Mathon, Mark Shew,
Greg Hoffert, Jeannie Schutz and Jill Urish.
Hamm also thanked the architects of BLDD, the contractors of CTS,
Christy-Foltz, Farmers Environmental, Great Western Abatement, Shew
Homes and Woodworking, Hall Painting, and the numerous volunteers
who contributed to the renovation process, as well as the faculty
and their families for supporting the school's efforts and aiding in
any way they could.
[By DEREK HURLEY]