Lincoln Elementary's future remains up in the air

Sweetwater County School District No. 1 trustees will host a special meeting on June 24 to discuss the possibility of demolishing the old Lincoln Elementary School in Rock Springs.

ROCK SPRINGS — The former Lincoln Elementary School could be razed.

At Monday evening’s board meeting, Sweetwater County School District No. 1 Director of School Facilities Dan Selleroli asked the board to consider the recommendation at a special meeting on June 24.

He would like a decision to be made this month to give the state’s school construction division time to put it on the agenda for the 2020 legislative budget session.

Demolition would cost about $700,000 to $800,000, Selleroli said.

The idea is being considered because of the building’s maintenance costs. To bring it up to code would cost about $7.8 million.

“That’s not feasible,” he said.

The demolition is currently ranked somewhere in the 20s for priority projects, he said, but since there would not be a request to replace the building, the state may move it up on the list.

In March 2017, Sweetwater No. 1 trustees voted to close Lincoln Elementary School in order to save money when the district was facing a multimillion dollar deficit. The building has been sitting unused ever since.

If the building is demolished, then the district will consider reusing the land, such as putting up a field house to accommodate more student activities, Selleroli said.

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