Thursday, June 20, 2013
WALLA WALLA — A panel has recommended tearing down Lincoln High School and building a new facility at the current site.
The full recommendations of a committee studying facilities needs at Lincoln High School are now available for public viewing online. Click here to visit the School District's page on Lincoln. The final report can be downloaded here. The report is also posted with this story, at right.
The Walla Walla School Board approved accepting the recommendations as presented by the Lincoln High School Community Facilities Study Committee during one of the school board’s monthly meetings, held Tuesday.
The recommendations focus on keeping Lincoln at its current location between Third and Fourth avenues north of Chestnut Street, but taking down the 1927 structure and building a new facility.
The committee met over five months to get caught up on facility needs at Lincoln, and to answer two core questions: should Lincoln remain at its current site, 421 S. Fourth Ave., or relocate? And if it should remain at the site, should the old building be restored or built new?
The School Board has made it a priority to address facility needs at Lincoln, which has a student population ranging from 150 to 200. The Lincoln building, formerly Paine School, is an old Craftsman style building that served as an elementary school for years.
The School Board has only approved the report at this time, and will take up individual recommendations, such as figuring out funding options for Lincoln improvements and calling for an Alternative Education Advisory Committee, at a later time.