Hamilton School Addition

August  12, 2013

     "Flexible space" will be focus for a major addition to a Moline elementary school. Tonight, the board of education will consider approving a design for Hamilton School - it's part of a project to close two other small schools, and transfer their children to a more modern and larger Hamilton School.

     Superintendent David Moyer says the addition will be just to the south and east of Hamilton, and easily visible from 7th Street.

     "The major instructional space that we call the imaginarium, features a 2-story media center in a circular type of structure. Then there'll be a lot of opportunities for free flowing movement throughout the building. There'll be a discovery lab similar to what you might see at the Putnam Museum."

     The current building will become part of the new school, but the main entrance will move from 32nd Avenue to 7th Street. 

     The estimated cost is 17.3 million dollars. Doctor Moyer says the district will sell bonds to finance the project and the school board may consider bids as soon as November, with groundbreaking next spring.  Hamilton will stay open for this school year (2013-14) but will have to close the following year, with completion set for the fall of 20-15.