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Coquille School District celebrates first new addition since 1972

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COQUILLE, Ore. -- After more than four decades, childcare services in Coos County are getting a boost in the Coquille School District.

At 54 years old, thousands of students over the years have made their way through the halls of Lincoln Elementary School.

Now, the Coquille School District is giving it a makeover and a new lease on life.

"This building was built in 1963 and we have simply run out of space," says Coquille School District Superintendent Tim Sweeney.

A 2,400-square foot addition to Lincoln Elementary is the first new construction for the school district since 1972.

The building will now provide child care for children from two and-a-half to 11 years old.

While the district is excited about the new center, Sweeney says parents are the real winners.

"This came from requests from parents; they really needed a central location for their children to be dropped off before they went to work, that they can stay at in some cases all day long," said Sweeney.

"There's a need in our community for childcare so this gives parents a safe place to bring their kids," said Holli Henthorn, a parent in the district.

Parents don't necessarily have to live in Coquille to have their children enrolled at the new child development center.

At 55 years of age, the place is getting a new lease on life.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house will be held Wednesday afternoon at 4:30.

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