A blend of old and new is the best way to describe the new elementary school facility in this Midwestern farming community located on the extreme western edge of Macoupin County. As you pass through the sleek glass and aluminum entry you are immediately met by the reconstructed entry from the old high school that once stood on the site. The brick may be new but the stonework was salvaged from the old school during demolition to be reused in the new facility. The exterior of the new building is masonry with brick patterns inspired by the old school and complimented by a combination of smooth aluminum panels and ribbed steel panels. The project created 23,800 square feet of new building to replace an aging structure that would have cost more to repair than to replace. The new school retains 6 classrooms from the previous facility (four of which were built as an addition in the 1980’s). In addition to the existing classrooms 6 new classrooms were constructed along with a new cafeteria/multipurpose room, kitchen facilities, a new library and administrative offices. The new building was constructed adjacent to the existing building while the district continued occupy and work was carefully coordinated to provide for a smooth transition from old to new over summer break.