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Suggestions for Lincoln Middle School building still being offered by public



La Crosse school officials and an architectural firm continue to accept ideas for reusing a middle school that’s about to be shut down. The school district had two comment sessions on Tuesday about uses for Lincoln Middle School.

Jack Zabrowski with the ISG company outlined what would be discussed during an on-line meeting.

Consultant Jack Zabrowski (left) and a small group of citizens discuss building plans at Lincoln Middle School on May 23rd, 2023

“What aspects of Lincoln Middle School are important to keep in the neighborhood?” said Zabrowski. “What does the neighborhood need today, that this development could serve? And what are the key qualities of a new development that will insure success far into the future?”

Housing is one of the more popular options for the 100-year-old school. Lincoln might also be kept open as a neighborhood center, with the public able to use the gym and the theater.

A small number of citizens also went to the Hogan building on Tuesday afternoon to discuss ideas for using Lincoln. The school district decided earlier this year to reduce the number of middle schools from three down to two, after a referendum for a new high school was defeated.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Walden

    May 24, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    I have a suggestion; let’s use the Lincoln property as a middle school to relieve the overcrowding now expected at Longfellow Middle School. This plan would avoid spending $millions on Longfellow to address said overcrowding.

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