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Lincoln statue likely to move to Jefferson Elementary School

Statue depicts young Abraham Lincoln reading

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
A statue of Abraham Lincoln working on his studies as a child sits surrounded by moving boxes as the school year comes to an end Wednesday. Dixon is closing the south-side school and will be busing students to Jefferson Elementary School next school year. The statue will be moving to Jefferson, as well.

DIXON – The statue of a young Abraham Lincoln reading a book, which now sits in the Lincoln Elementary School building, is headed across town.

Wednesday was the final day of classes at Lincoln, which the Dixon School Board voted in December to close to address the district’s budget deficit.

The board wants to keep the statue in the district, Superintendent Michael Juenger said, and plans call for it to move to Jefferson Elementary School.

“We are considering a couple of places [to put the statue], either at the front entrance or in the library,” he said in an email.

The statue depicts Lincoln, the future president, as a 7-year-old. If it moves to Jefferson, it will follow the teachers and grade levels that were in Lincoln this year – second and third grades.

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