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NewsTribune photo/Katlyn Rumbold Ryan Crawley, technology instructor for Princeton Elementary School District, has been busy getting the computer lab up and running at Lincoln Elementary. In addition to Lincoln Elementary, Crawley splits his time between Reagan Middle School and Logan Jr. High completing various technology upgrade projects throughout the district. He also helps prepare students for online assessments. Students will be required to complete the tests online next spring.
Spelling bee today
Logan Junior High Spelling Bee winners were announced. Out of the 18 seventh- and eighth-graders who vied for a chance to represent their school at the county spelling bee, which is today at the Bureau County Metro Center, eighth-graders Kyra Strom and Sara Grieff advanced to the county spelling bee. The alternates are seventh-graders Jakob Ebner and Matthew Enriquez.
PRINCETON — Several projects must be completed for Princeton elementary schools, as some of the buildings will have different uses next year, the school board heard Monday.
Beginning in fall 2014, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will go to Douglas Early Childhood Center. First and second grades will go to Jefferson Elementary, third and fourth grades will go to Lincoln Elementary, fifth through eighth grades will attend Logan Jr. High and Tiskilwa preschool students will go to Reagan Middle School.
“In the Reagan building, we’ve had some electrical upgrades,” Smith said. “The computer lab is under construction as the Reagan building will be required to take part in (state-mandated improvements) next spring so we have to have more power to operate all those units. We’ve received upgrades from the electrical power boxes in order to update a more office-like setting. This will be the first building moved this summer.”
Starting July 1, Bureau-Marshall-Putnam Special Education Cooperative will lease space in Reagan Middle School, followed by Crossroads High School, a private Tiskilwa school that may lease anywhere between two and four classrooms for teaching purposes. Through these two lease agreements, Smith anticipates an additional $50,000-$56,000 in revenue to the district each year.
In the Douglas Early Childhood Center, Smith reported the main hallways recently have been painted to help make create a more cheery atmosphere.
“We’re looking at some options regarding the lighting,” Smith said of the Douglas building. “There was some electrical work that has been done in response to the fact that we’re going to have a computer lab at this location for kindergarten. So there has been upgrading in terms of that regarding cabling and electrical. Library shelves are being put together and completed. Then we’ll have a plan for how we will put lockers in place. We won’t have to buy any lockers, which is a good thing.”
Jefferson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Logan Jr. High will need minimal upgrades. At those schools, a primary focus will be on moving classrooms around and accommodating a larger number of students.
“We’re working on a plan to accommodate the increased population,” Smith said in regarding Logan Jr. High. “We think we’ll have two sites for serving students lunch at ‘Logan East and Logan West’ and have separate bus rooms and entrances that will be available for grade five students in order to accommodate a more self-contained setting.”
Theoretically, by dividing the building in half (into Logan East and Logan West) and by providing a holding room (bus rooms) for bus students who arrive at school before classes start, Smith believes this could help eliminate overcrowding issues.
Continuous upgrades will be made in each building in preparation for next school year, as well as the for new standardized “PARCC Assessment” tests, which will be an online format next spring instead of paper/pencil testing of the past.
“As soon as June hits, we’ll begin the process of moving things,” Smith said of transitioning into different buildings. “We’ve designated the last two days as institute days in the district. Typically, we do those days as training (sessions). However in order to accommodate time for staff to clean out their classrooms, we decided to use those two institute days.”
The district office will remain in the same location on Dover Road in Princeton.
What buildings will children be in next year? Douglas Early Childhood Center -- prekindergarten and kindergarten Jefferson Elementary -- first and second grades Lincoln Elementary -- third and fourth grades Logan Jr. High -- fifth through eighth grades Reagan Middle School -- Tiskilwa preschool students
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