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No longer using Lincoln Academy for a school has saved the Davenport Community School District $1.3-million. However, the million dollar question is what to do with the building?

Lincoln Academy's playground used to be full of children running and playing. However, for the first time in the schools 73-year history, the playground is silent. No one wants a quiet, empty building and the district is asking what you would do with the Lincoln Academy building.

"Something for the kids, something for the youth."

"Affordable housing."

"I think it would be cool if it were an after school program."

January Winters attended Lincoln Academy, so did her four children.

"So many of the teachers at Lincoln were really caring when I was there. The tradition of teachers caring continued on and my kids loved going to Lincoln," adds Winters.

The district would like more people to make memories at Lincoln.

"We're looking for people to come back and tell us what it is they'd like to do with the facility," says Dr. Arthur Tate, Superintendent of Davenport Community Schools.

Ideas such as a head start pre-school and an after school center have been brought up. The district is now asking for concrete ideas.

"We want something with some longevity," adds Dr. Tate, "It's just not going to come and go and it needs to be something that really fits in the neighborhood."

Those interested in finding a new purpose for Lincoln Academy have a lot of space to work with. There are dozens of classrooms, a basement and 3 stories in the brick building. Everyone is just hoping for the perfect match, the school and possibly the playground can come back to life.

"We want it to be a place for the neighborhood kids to be able to go to express themselves," says Winters.

The deadline to submit a proposal is October 31st. A subcommittee will conduct interviews and pick finalist on November 15th. There will be a public forum the week of November 26th and a final decision will be made December 10th. The district is hoping the Lincoln Academy building will be full again sometime in 2013.

If you would like to submit a proposal you can send it to: Superintendent (Lincoln Proposals), Davenport Community School District, 1606 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa 52803.

At a minimum your proposal must include:

1.  Contain the name of the organization, along with information about the person to be contacted in regard to the proposal

2. Include a brief history of the organization's activities in the region

3. Explain in detail the activities which will take place in and around the building

4. Indicate how much of the building grounds will be used, to include which months of the year

5. Describe any night and weekend activities

6. Provide statements about how the activity will benefit the city and the local neighborhood

7. State how much the organization is willing to pay on a monthly basis

8. Stipulate the length of time in years that you visualize using the Lincoln facility

9. Include other information which could be useful in evaluating your proposal