In the past two months, vandals have broken two windows at the Lincoln School on Lincoln St. in Vandalia.
Jessie Salmon, representative of the Citizens to Restore Lincoln School, said one of the windows was broken two to three months ago and a second was broken three to four weeks ago.
The windows were purchased within the past couple of years through dollars raised through fundraisers like the monthly fried chicken dinners. Salmon said police were not called after either incident.
Instead of replacing the windows, Salmon says the group has turned its attention to raising the $27,000 needed to pay off the building.
First on the list is to get an estimate on plumbing to put plumbing in the school.
“Since we’ve been gradually doing a little bit, we’re not putting any more windows in right now because we’re trying to get the plumbing in then we will get back the windows,” Salmon said.
For more information on the Lincoln School Project, to make a donation, or offer volunteer assistance, those interested can contact Salmon at either 573-594-2774 or 573-239-1113.
More on the project
In 2006, the Lincoln School Restoration Committee received two loans from First National Bank of Audrain County to purchase the old Lincoln School Building for $42,895 and $10,000 to remove the old slate roof and install a new shingle roof.
For the past couple of years, the Lincoln School was named to the Watched Properties List by the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation.
The building was built in 1927.
It was placed on the National Historical Registrar in 1996 and has a 501C-3 tax status.