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Groups make home in old school in Tampico

Township, American Legion move in

TAMPICO – Residents are finding many uses for the former Tampico Elementary School.

In October, the village took ownership of the old building at 202 W. Second St. from the Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico school district, which had built a new elementary school.

Tampico officials still are using the old village hall, but they plan to move to the school in the next month, village President Kristine Hill said. After that, the village will sell the village hall and an annex building, she said.

So far, the elementary school has a number of occupants. One of them is an after-school program.

“The kids do their homework,” Hill said. “They wait for their parents to come back to town from work.”

The former school also is the home of Tampico Township and the local chapter of the American Legion, the mayor said.

Tim Hatten, a sports trainer and professor at Rock Valley College in Rockford, also has leased space in the building, Hill said.

The village is looking for more nonprofits to come into the school “to benefit the community as a whole.” Officials would like to rent out the gym for birthdays and other events.

Hill said the village also would like to have a daycare program in the building.

“We want to bring the town together,” she said.

Tampico Commissioner Mary Sigel said not many people knew that the gym was available for rentals, a message that she said needed to get out.

“Right now, the big question is what’s going to happen to this building,” she said. “There are so many possibilities about what we can do. We have to prove that we have the ability to do it.”

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