WIUM Local
8:51 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Board Considers Modular Classrooms at Lincoln

Macomb, IL – The Macomb School Board has agreed to move forward with plans to build a modular classroom unit at Lincoln Elementary School. It will contain two classrooms.

Superintendent Alene Reuschel says the district chose this option because there is no longer enough room at the school for all its classes and activities due to increasing enrollment. Though the building was designed with future, permanent additions in mind, she says that idea is not financially feasible at this time.

The district was faced with several choices when addressing this problem. But the only other viable option was moving art and music classes onto carts, thereby freeing up classrooms. But school board members expressed concern that, in their experience, portable art and music programs are not the same as those with established classrooms.

Superintendent Reuschel says saving the art and music programs factored heavily into the decision, but the district has not set aside a specific "use" for the modular classrooms.

"We'll make that decision as this unfolds," says Reuschel. "I really don't want to say that it will be for this, or for "x". But we're looking at it as an instructional space. Then as we see the number of sections, and what we need to accomplish, then we'll make that decision."

The school board estimates it will cost roughly $165,000 to build the modular classroom. That cost includes constructing a permanent foundation, awnings, and security fencing among other necessities. Board members say it could cost a maximum of $180,000. Reuschel says the district will use reserves to fund the construction.

The project must still receive final approval from the full board at its meeting next month. If approved, Reuschel says the new modular classrooms at Lincoln will be ready in time for the new school year in August.