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Shawnee school district's summer improvement project

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WOLF LAKE, Ill. -- Students returning to Shawnee school district will notice several improvements to the school building. 

Every year during the summer, updates are made to the building based on input from staff and students. As soon as school let out, work began on this year's $400,000 project.

"The first week of June the asbestos abatement crew came in and took out the asbestos floors," Shawnee School District Superintendent Shelly Clover-Hill says. 

And, crews are still working on updates. One of which includes a new science lab. "Our science labs was a the original 1950s science lab, so it was definitely was past time for an upgrade. With this new science lab-- all of the water will work, all of the gas lines will work, all of the electricity will work," Clover-Hill explains. 

She says this will give the teacher more tools to improve students time while inside the lab, "She'll have access to all the hands-on activities, so that of course will in turn help student learning." 

The bathrooms in the junior high are also being completely updated and will look similar to the high school's, which were improved last year. "They wanted a sink where they can put their books on top of instead of putting their books on the floor because it was dirty. They wanted hands-free paper towel and soap dispensers," Clover-Hill says. 

The superintendent says student and staff are given surveys for their suggestions on the yearly improvement project, and they're more than happy about these recent renovations. 

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