August 13, 2009
New steeple, windows for Janes School (age 152)
Sooner or later, you knew we'd get around to this:
Crews working at Janes Elementary School have replaced the steeple damaged by a lightning strike during a storm -- in 1981. Let's see... um, 28 years later.
But wait, there's more! Summer renovations at the state's first year-round elementary school also included replacement of 150 windows dating back to the school's construction in 1857 -- that's right, before the Civil War.
The steeple, roof, window and door replacement project were part of Racine Unified's $16.5 million maintenance referendum, approved in April 2008.
Hopefully, no more major repairs will be needed until 2161...