Franklin Welcomes Students Home with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On August 20, 2018, the refurbished Franklin Elementary School reopened its doors for the 2018-19 school year. Over 200 community members, parents, students, teachers, civic and business leaders gathered to dedicate and tour the refurbished school. Speakers included Superintendent Lanty McGuire, Kate Schaefer, Board President, Kari Uhlenkamp, Shive Hattery, Jim Russell, Russell Construction, and Principal Michele Pittington. Teachers Luann Lindauer and Jenny Densberger, students Jacob Berkley, Lucas Berkley, Julia McCowan, and Macy McCurdy, parent Amanda Casterton, and Michele Pittington helped cut the ribbon. A slide show showing photos of the fire damage and construction process was shown. The event preceded the school’s Unpack your Backpack Night, which showcased the school to students.
Franklin School closed in September 2017 due to a fire. The school relocated to a temporary location, the former Western Illinois University/IBM building at 60th Street in Moline. The building was leased for the 2017-2018 school year from the Joe Lemon family.
Following the fire, only five days of education were lost. Along with the weekend, it took eight days for classes to resume for Franklin students at the temporary location.
Features of the refurbished school include a new lobby with state-of-the-art security systems, LED lighting, the additional of air conditioning, an open library concept, a flexible art-music room, adjustable seating and adjustable glass walls, and collaboration spaces designed to create a 21st century learning environment. Click here to read more about the improvements, innovative features and upgrades at Franklin.
A special thank you to all who supported this project, including but not limited to, the School Board, WIU-QC, the Lemon Family, USI Insurance, The City of Moline, Johannes Bus, Two Rivers YMCA, teachers, students, parents, employees, local businesses and our community.
Check out the photos of the ribbon cutting ceremony and the new Franklin School below. Additional photos of the rebuild process, including photos of the fire damage, can be viewed by clicking on the Photo Album link to the right.
~View the article from the Dispatch-Argus about the Franklin Students' virtual tour
~Watch a video clip from KWQC about the virtual tour
~Read the March 2018 article on the Franklin rebuild project from the Dispatch-Argus.