ROCK SPRINGS — Sweetwater County School District No. 1 will host a public hearing to gather input and answer questions about the future of Lincoln Elementary School.
The gathering will take place at 5 p.m. June 24 at the Central Administration Building, 3550 Foothill Blvd., prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting.
The district proposes using the location of Lincoln Elementary for a future Lincoln Field House.
“The district has a strong need for an alternate location to host activities and athletics for youth in our community,” Sweetwater No. 1 Director of Facilities Dan Selleroli said.
If completed, the proposed field house “will be an ideal setting to focus on recreational needs enriching the educational needs of district students,” according to the district.
“A Lincoln Field House would acknowledge the history of the site, alleviate the high usage of our facilities and schools, accommodate the school community and community events, while looking ahead to the future,” Sweetwater No. 1 Superintendent Kelly McGovern said.
In order to continue with the field house concept, Lincoln Elementary would be demolished due to the high costs required to bring the school up to current codes, state education standards and guidelines.
The school has been vacant since the end of the 2016-17 school year when the district closed Lincoln due to budget restrictions in school funding.
Renovation costs could reach up to $8.3 million to meet state guidelines, but due to the construction of the original structure, the building would still not meet codes in the lower levels of the school, the district states.
“We are hoping to receive state demolition money in the up-and-coming state capital projects budget,” Selleroli said.
No district funds would be used for the estimated $880,000 demolition project, according to the district.
Lincoln Elementary School was constructed in 1950, with additions added in 1953, 1962, and 1991. The 44,425-square-foot building sits on about 5 acres on Edgar Street.