Tributes to school history visible in newly renovated Franklin Elementary school
SPOKANE, Wash. — One of the first things you see walking in to the new entrance of Franklin Elementary school is a brick wall, part of the school’s more than 100-year-old building, that had been hidden since the 1950s.
The wall is one of several ways that construction crews and architects incorporated the school’s legacy into the new building.
The $26 million dollar project was made possible by a 2015 school bond. Part of the project involved updating the original building- which did not have heat or air conditioning- and adding necessary space. Principal Buz Hollingsworth said before the renovation, students used the same space for lunch and for gym class, which meant staff often raced to clean the space between the two.
Classrooms in both the new and the renovated original buildings are all equipped with new educational technology as well.
The Franklin community has spent the last year a half at ‘Camp Franklin’ (the old Jefferson Elementary School). Hollingsworth said he’s grateful for that, because the school community was able to stay together during construction, but that he and his staff and students are ready to be back home.
The school will be ready when students return from winter break.
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