What to do about the Lincoln School ditch, er, playground?


An award-winning renovation project at Evanston’s Lincoln Elementary School that resulted in replacing the playground with a storm retention field will be a subject for discussion at the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board’s Finance Committee meeting Monday.

“Lincoln Storm Water Management Options” is Item 6 on the agenda of Monday’s meeting, which begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave.

The renovation, completed in the summer of 2012, won an Outstanding Project Award and was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of a national architecture magazine, Learning by Design.

The renovation, however, required the school district to convert the school’s playground, at Main Street and Forest Avenue, into a storm retention field, to the dismay of many parents and nearby residents.

Monday’s Finance Committee meeting was rescheduled from March 17, due to the five public forums held this week to introduce the five finalist candidates for superintendent of the district.

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Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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