Construction: The End In Sight?

By Jared Vivier A pound of a jackhammer and an assortment of loud banging start off another year at Lincoln High School. The new school year has been marked once again by the renovation process.  Students found brighter hallways, cleaner air (when not filled with paint fumes), and a brand new, fully renovated cafeteria.  

By Jared Vivier

A pound of a jackhammer and an assortment of loud banging start off another year at Lincoln High School. The new school year has been marked once again by the renovation process.  Students found brighter hallways, cleaner air (when not filled with paint fumes), and a brand new, fully renovated cafeteria.   The 2009 school year has revealed the extent and outcome of all the noise.
It has not come with some kinks, however:  Students crowd the West hall, and it has become a logisitical mess for those trying to reach their destinations.  With the school reaching its final months under construction, staff and students alike wait for the final sigh of relief.
What more has yet to come? Are we on time? Questions many have asked and after interviewing the head of development, Associate Principal Bret Toalson, here are some answers. “We are very close, near then end of semester the Third, Forth floor, and Auditorium should be complete for the New Year 2010. Industrial tech and the Band room along with some SPED rooms will be completed by the end of the quarter”.

It has also come to attention that students are confused on where to park, the Northwest lot next to the apartment buildings was the Senior lot (which is currently the new construction storage area). Frustration and confusion has sent students parking in teachers spots and along streets.  Tickets and warnings have been issued, raising  another question:  “Where am I suppose to park?”  Toalson states, “The North lot, as you know, has been cut down by 25% for trees, shrubs and other landscaping items, The north lot will be open for faculty and visitor parking and the east lot will be returned to faculty parking. Senior lot will be available again during second semester, but currently parking has been moved to the lot on the corner of 21st and K, Students are also allowed to use the lot on Lewis Field to the North East of the school.”

The interior of the school is  receiving a makeover; however, staff and students wonder how outdoor events and activities will be conducted when a lack of green space exists. The marsh and mud will surly be a nuisance as the school prepares for its annual Festivus celebration. Toalson said, “We’re deciding on the West/South west side of the building between the school for Fall Festivus, Beechner, along with the practice football field has been taken into account as well. Along to come with the grounds we will be placing weatherproof outlets that we will be able to tap into for our outdoor events.”
Visitors at Lincoln High will also notice the abundance of historic LHS relics that are currently on display in the halls, cafeteria, and Media Center.  However, one legendary relic is missing.  The fabled Sacred “L” that once hung on the west wall next to the old entry way of the cafeteria is noticably missing.  “Its currently in storage,” replied Toalson, “and we are looking for a place to mount it, the cafeteria is an option but other locations are in thought.”
Students and staff will continue to endure one more year of construction as the building prepares to settle in for another century (plus) of learning.

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