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Old school to become village hall, police station

School district transferring building to Tampico

TAMPICO – A Tampico school building that sits on the property where former President Ronald Reagan attended school soon will be the town’s village hall and police station.

Ownership of the building, 202 W. Second St., will transfer from the Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico school district to the village of Tampico, during a key-passing ceremony at 2:30 p.m. today.

It will be an intergovernmental transfer, and Tampico will give the school district $5,000 for some equipment, including kitchen appliances and air conditioning, that it isn’t keeping, Tampico Mayor Kristine Hill said.

The village has been working on the transfer for a while, she added, and is planning to move its administrative offices and police station to the former school building.

There’s “no definitive timeline” for that move, and the village will decide what to do with its current building after the move, Hill said.

“The school said they were moving into the new school, and we saw a chance to develop a community center and move the police department over there,” she said, adding that there’s potential for a day care or after-school program to be added. 

Joan Johnson, the president of Tampico Area Historical Society, said the property has been home to two school buildings.

The first was a two-story wood building that was built in the early 1900s, near the “advent of town,” she said.

In the 1930s, a one-story brick structure was built, which had a second story, gymnasium, and kitchen added in the 1950s, Johnson said, adding that the site of the old school, where Reagan attended, became the playground.

After the transfer, the village wants to expedite the move, Hill said. They have been making plans, but Hill said it’s difficult to apply for grants or make too many plans until the village officially controls the building.

Students already have been moved to the new elementary school, which opened last year and was home to middle school students.

The middle school students have since moved to Prophetstown High School, which
was converted to a regional school for sixth through 12th grades.

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