Mayor Rahm Emanuel 's proposal for building an addition on to an overcrowded Lincoln Park neighborhood elementary school continues to generate heat from a group of residents who fought for alternative options to deal with the problem.
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Lincoln Elementary located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on the cities northside is one of the best elementary-middle schools in Chicago. I have observed and attended Lincoln Park High School and have many friends and aqquantences that attended the grade school. While this 20 million dollar addition sounds like a great idea- its not the best. I believe the city should in fact build another gradeschool in place of the abandoned Chicago Childrens Memorial Hospital. The hospital lies on Lincoln Aveneue pretty much right in between "little Lincoln" (as we called it) and Lincoln Park High School. It would not only put abandoned real estate to good use, but would be an excellent transition school for the highschool and gradeschool itself. A great deal of students that came from "little Lincoln" were accepted and enrolled in the IB program at Lincoln Park High School as well as its city renouned band program. Spending 20 million dollars on addition in an overcrowded Lincoln Elementary simply isn't enough. I truly believe making another gradeschool in Lincoln Park is long overdue. The Lincoln Park neighborhood is only growing larger, and adding a public elementary school would be a great alternative to the private schools incluiding Francis Parker and The Latin school which cost between 15,000-20,000 dollars annually. In addition the Lincoln Elementary School has several magnet programs that draw in students from all over the city and further contribute to improving the status of the highschool. The gradeschool itself is already overcrowded by 200 students, which is an astounding number. Creating more quality public elementary schools is something CPS is in dire need of, and addition simply is not enough. The city council, along with neighborhood support, needs to push for a second school to ensure and improve the state of CPS.