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Hamilton School Dedication

"A 21st century learning environment" - that's how officials of the Moline School District describe the newly remodeled and expanded Hamilton Elementary School. Today they held a dedication for the nearly 18 million dollar project, following several years of planning and more than a year of construction.

Superintendent Lanty McGuire says when you enter the building you'll hear what he calls "exciting new terms" - such as learning community, imagination lab, and flexible learning spaces.
And he says the "new" Hamilton fits the needs of its 600 students, and the skills of its teachers. 

Patrick Brosnan, from Legat Architects in Moline, says the staff helped design the addition and remodeling, with the goal of making the school adaptable to future changes in education. 

The project at Hamilton resulted in the closing of two neighborhood schools, Ericsson and Garfield, and district officials say the consolidation will also help save money by allowing for the delivery of a wide range of services more efficiently, including transportation and academics. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.