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Jefferson Elementary School in Muscatine is showing it's age. At 88-years-old, the school takes the distinction as Muscatine's oldest elementary school and officials are looking into options.

Tuesday afternoon, January 8, 2013, superintendent Bill Decker hosted a "Lunch and Learn" at the Muscatine Community School District Offices to talk about the school's fate.

Those who attended were presented an architectural review conducted by FEH Associates Inc. of Des Moines, who also offered four options.

Option number one called to raze the southeast portion of Jefferson and build a new two story addition The remaining portions of the building would be renovated.

This is the most expensive option with an estimated cost of $13,922,260. This option also required students to attend class at another location during renovation and construction.

The second option called for the construction on a new building around the existing school while students continued to attend class at Jefferson during construction.

The old building would then be demolished after the new building is complete. Total cost for this option is estimated at $10,416,311

The third option is very similar to Option 2, but instead of facing Mulberry Avenue, the building faces East 9th Street. This option would cost $9,787,936. Students would attend Jefferson during construction.

The fourth and final option was to secure another location and build a new one-story school. This would cost $8,697,260 plus the cost of the land.

A public forum is set for the Central Middle School auditorium Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

To see the full assessment, click here.