Take a tour of Midland's new elementary school

WMBD got an exclusive first look Friday

LACON, Ill. -

Progress at the new Midland Elementary School building in Lacon.

               

This has been a long time coming. Elementary students have shared space at the middle school for more than a year after their old building was closed over concerns of mold, asbestos, and lead.

 

Things are really coming together as the finishing touches are put on the school and the community can't wait to turn the page to start that new chapter in this new building.

 

"They're setting up their students all the community students to have a wonderful start to their educational career in a brand new facility." Superintendent of Midland Schools, Bill Wrenn, says.

 

Construction is in full swing to get Midland Elementary School ready for the first day. The modern new building is a far cry from the old building that used to stand in its place. 

 

"If you are in an old building that doesn't have air conditioning that doesn’t have heat that's as regulated as this one’s going to be, it's tough on the students, it's tough on the adults that have to teach to the students, but it's just another step that a student has to get through in order reach their potential this will eliminate all that." Wrenn explained.

 

Connie Krowlek's grandchildren go to Midland Schools and have lived and learned through the changes.

 

"I think it's great I mean no health problems it's a new school they're not going to be crowded anymore and that's the main thing they need to learn not be all crammed up in one school." Krowlek says.

 

The new school offers bright new learning spaces, classrooms that connect for collaborative learning, and a state of the art tornado shelter.

 

The end of summer and start of school can be bittersweet for teachers and students, but this year it's just sweet, and the entire community is counting the days.

 

"It's going to allow them to feel more pride in where they go to school." Wrenn says.

 

The actual first day of school has not yet been set, but construction is running on schedule and so far coming in under the $9.8 million dollar budget set in the referendum. 

 

 


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