Small towns, especially in trying economic times, are famous for razing old buildings and putting up a metal replacement.
Heaven knows we’ve done exactly that a number of times in Logan – we’ve foregone the cost of restoring an old rock hotel in favor of having Mueller come in and create a shiny new building for community gatherings. I understand the economics, but it’s heartbreaking to see our history replaced with beige tin. . .
But Logan School got it right recently. When it was time to create a larger school library, instead of tearing down the old gymnasium, we turned it into a multi-use libary and media center. And retained some great features – the tall south casement windows, the hardwood floor (where I got more than my share of floor burns, being the very clumsy basketball player that I was), even the scoreboard.
While the library proper was carpeted, they created a cutout in the center of the floor – the old painted Longhorn that graced our gym center court now decorates the floor of the library.
Logan School has a lot to be proud of – our test scores are higher than the rest of the county, we have better technology than most of the state, and we have a clean, attractive and modern physical plant. But today I’m most proud of the fact that we saved a bit of history and turned it into something functional and beautiful. And then dedicated the entire library to June May, our beloved school secretary. Nice move!