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Galesburg Students Get New Steele Elementary School

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Parents, teachers, and students at Steele Elementary are all excited for the big changes to their school. 

"It's really cool because the school wasn't really that cool when it was just like this, but then they're going to have glass all over the school and remodel it's just going to be really cool," Fifth Grader Brendon Allen says. 

The elementary school is set to get a makeover from top to bottom, starting at the front door with a new secure entrance and main office. 

"Right now when people come in, they do have to buzz in but they could really go any direction once they got into the school and I think this will be safer," Teacher Heather Hellinga says. 

There will also be a new gym, 24 new classrooms and small spaces, and doors for the current classrooms that have none. 

"The classroom doors have been open as long as I have been a student in Galesburg and as long as I've been a teacher here," Hellinga says, "It can be really distracting."

Students and parents are also excited for lockers to replace the plastic tubs students have been using.

"They're all stacked up in shelving units along one end usually and they have to pull the tubs out, they've got to put all their stuff in, stack them back up so if somebody's got to leave, they've got to find their tub," Parent Lindsay Bailey says. 

In the classrooms, teachers and students will also get smart boards, more windows, and air conditioning.  

"There will be more room for teachers to work one on one with kids," Hellinga says, "There will be more quieter area than what we have now." 

As the new addition is completed, the existing building will be remodeled over the summer to bring the school into the 21st century.  

Construction on Steele should be finished by next August. Then the district will break ground on renovations to the high school. Those renovations include a new football stadium and field house, and more parking and classrooms.

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