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The Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) in the Lincoln County R-III School District opened their doors to their new building on Jan. 3, 2013 to students.
Last April, the no-tax increase measure asked voters for permission to construct a new Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) in order to convert Claude Brown into another K-5 elementary school. This move then allowed the R-III District to re-purpose Claude Brown into a K-5 elementary school saving tax payers a minimum of $10 million in land and construction costs.
The ECEC offers many new and exciting updates for the children. New equipment and technology have been implemented in the classrooms and throughout the building. The outdoor interactive playground is the first of its kind in Lincoln County, allowing the children to develop sensory towards textures and provides outdoor learning classrooms.
The new school focuses on safety. Every visitor must be buzzed in by the receptionist and then wait in the lobby. The actual classrooms are in one corridor of the school which are locked on both sides. Even in the classrooms, safety was taken in consideration. Bathrooms located in the classrooms provide a half door, which gives students enough privacy, and allows teachers to assist the student if needed.
The staff and students were a part of the planning for the new school. Many provided ideas and thoughts of how Troy R-III could improve the new ECEC.
“The staff and even our students were a huge part in planning our new building to ensure it meets the needs of all of our preschool students. It has been designed to teach and promote independence in a safe secure environment. Our classrooms are arranged in centers with a comfortable feeling of home. You will find nature both inside for kids to explore and outside on our amazing playground,” says Director of the Early Childhood Education Center Kelly Groeber .