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Ardmore Board Of Education Approves New Elementary School Plans

ARDMORE, OK -- For decades, Lincoln Elementary in Ardmore has been a fixture in the school system.

But now some changes are on the way that school officials say will start a new chapter in the school's history.

Since 1928, Lincoln Elementary has been through a lot and it shows.

After numerous projects including a renovation in 1978 and a new addition in 1985 many say it's time for something new.

 "I volunteer here, and the school needs a lot of work, and it's just not adequate for the needs of the kids right now or the teachers," said Jenny Lang Blankenship, who lives near the school.

In a special meeting on Tuesday, the Ardmore City Schools board of education approved bids and contracts for construction of a new Lincoln Elementary building.

"We really want to get into the new building for the 2015-16 school year," said Superintendent Sonny Bates

The cost for the school is expected to run just under $12 million. The money was included in a school bond passed in May last year.

The bond also included renovations and additions to other schools in the district.

The construction plan shows the new building will be situated where the jungle gym and swing set are located now. While construction is going on, Superintendent Bates says classes will continue at the old Lincoln Elementary building for next school year.

"it's going to be Lincoln, it'll be located in the same place and we're just growing it into the 21st century," said Bates.

While administrators, old students, and neighbors say they're sad to see the old school building go, the new structure will make its own history and continue the rejuvenation of Ardmore.

"People want to live in this neighborhood, but you have to send your kids to school," said Blankenship. "I think a new school always attracts young people. I'm delighted we're having a new school."

Steven Ryan with Trigon Contractors says construction will begin on May 27.