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Remodeled school puts on finishing touches

July 31, 2006

Albany -- School begins Wednesday in Dougherty County. Final touches are being made at the newly remodeled Lincoln Elementary Magnet School.

Teachers spent the day bringing in their books and supplies, while workers finished last minute painting and preparations. But administrators say the school will be ready Wednesday.

The 110-thousand square foot school was built on the site of the former McIntosh Elementary downtown, at Tift and Madison. An historic part of the old school building from the 1940-s has been renovated, and a brand new building attached, designed to teach 785 students from Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Facilities and Capital Properties Services Assistant Director Bob Fowler said "The building is functional. We've passed all the occupancy tests that we need to get in here. If you look around the room you'll see the books that have already been placed in the cubbies. The computers are on line. The teachers are extremely pleased."

 The floors in the lunch room are being tiled Monday. The kitchen is not complete, so the food will be prepared at another school and shipped over.

The gym and playgrounds are also not finished, but administrators say all the classrooms and computer workstations are ready for the students when classes begin Wednesday morning.

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