The oldest elementary school in the Springfield (Ill.) district is getting a face lift

June 7, 2021
Dubois Elementary opened in 1897.

The oldest school building in the Springfield (Ill.) district is getting a classroom addition that will provide space for smaller group instruction.

The State Journal-Register reports that Dubois Elementary, which was built in 1897, also will have its first-ever elevator installed.

 A new main entrance will be added, said principal Dan Ford.

Other updates to the elementary school:

  • rebuild the north wall of the school's boiler building 
  • renovate four bathrooms
  • replace exterior doors
  • upgrade circulation

The last major addition at Dubois was in 1916. 

The architect for the project is the Farnsworth Group.

Funding for the building projects come from a 1% sales tax Sangamon County voters approved in 2018. The Springfield district is projected to collect about $10.1 million annually for facility improvements.

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