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Moving time approaches

PES announces plans for buildings

PRINCETON — Plans are underway to make some adjustments for school building use next year for the Princeton Elementary School District.

At Monday’s meeting of the PES Board, Superintendent Tim Smith said those adjustments will be needed to accommodate the new online PARCC assessment testing program and also to accommodate for next year’s change in the use of the Reagan Middle School building in Tiskilwa.

Reagan Middle School, which currently houses fourth and fifth grades, will be used next year for one prekindergarten classroom for students in the Tiskilwa community and also to provide space for the Bureau-Marshall-Putnam Tri-County Special Education Cooperative and for Crossroads High School.

Smith said electrical upgrades are being done to accommodate the more office-type setting for the special education cooperative. The moving of Reagan materials and content will be the first project to be tackled this summer because the cooperative wants to be in the building by July 1, he said.

The Douglas School building, which currently houses the preschool program, will house three prekindergarten classrooms and kindergarten next year. Douglas has received a fresh coat of paint in the main hallway, which has really brightened up the setting, Smith said.

Also, updated lighting options are being considered at Douglas, and electrical work has been done since a computer lab will need to be installed for the kindergarten classes. Library shelves are being put together, and more lockers will be installed.

The Jefferson School building, which currently houses the kindergarten and first grades, will house the first and second grades next year. Jefferson will require the least amount of building upgrades since PARCC is not being done with those students, Smith said.

The Lincoln School building, which currently has second and third grades, will house third and fourth grades next year. There have been electrical upgrades at Lincoln and a second computer lab is being installed, since PARCC testing will be done with those students.

Logan Junior High School, which currently houses sixth through eighth grades, will house fifth through eight grades next year. Logan will need few physical changes, but other plans are underway to accommodate the greater population, Smith said.

As soon as June hits, the moving process will begin. The last two days in the school year, typically as Teacher Institute Days, will be given to the staff so they can work on getting their things ready for the move.

In other building business, board member Steve Bouslog asked Smith if any further consideration had been given on the continued use of the district office building on Dover Road.

Smith said there hasn’t been any work done on the district office building, other than some roof work. The building did have its fourth flooding with the recent rains, but at least this time it was clear water and not sewage, he said.

The board approved a motion to send the issue to the Buildings and Grounds Committee to discuss whether to upgrade it or abandon it, and then find a different site for the district office.

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