With a no-tax increase bond issue in 2012, voters approved and created a new home for the Early Childhood Education Center. Prior to this issue, the pre-school program was housed in what is now known as Claude Brown Elementary. The demand for an early education program in the community and services for students with special needs quickly prompted the need for a new home.
During this time, the Lincoln County R-III School District had only one classroom empty at the elementary level. The 2012 bond issue also included re-purposing the former home of the Early Childhood Education Center into the district's seventh elementary school. Another elementary school required a re-alignment of elementary boundaries, which prompted a six-month process by a community-based team.
Aware of the need for another middle school, the boundary team established "feeder" schools for a future with two middle schools. Based on their recommendation, the Board of Education approved these district boundaries in the spring of 2012.
With the opening of Cuivre Park Elementary (CPE) in 2009, the district converted to a K-5 elementary and 6-8 middle school structure. This also dissolved Claude Brown Intermediate, which housed fifth and sixth grade students. In subsequent years, the district re-purposed this space as an early childhood center and now Claude Brown Elementary.
This same bond issue allowed the district to open the Troy South Middle School in the Winter of 2016. TMS, which was previously the largest middle school in the state, now has much needed breathing room for students and staff. The split also allowed Claude Brown Elementary to recapture space previously filled with 6th grade students.
Through careful planning and forethought, the district has been able to use remaining funds from past projects to update buildings district-wide as needed. These projects include items such as flooring in gymnasiums, boilers, roofs, and safety enhancements to entryways, etc.