Historic bell to ring in new era at Concord Elementary School

Lindbergh Schools will celebrate the grand reopening of Concord Elementary School at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, by ringing a bell that was discovered during building renovation and has been restored to its original beauty.

Concord School, 10305 Concord School Road, will open its doors to a new class of elementary school students on Aug. 16, marking the newest chapter for a school that has a long, storied history in the Lindbergh community, according to a news release.

Construction and renovations were completed this summer on the 76,000-square-foot facility, which is fully wired with teaching technology to equip students for 21st century learning, and includes 35 classrooms, a competition-size gymnasium, two playgrounds for primary and intermediate students, and a state-of-the-art media room.

The first Concord School, a one-room log cabin schoolhouse, opened in 1844. Since then, three additional buildings have been constructed on the property. A bell dated 1886 was rediscovered during demolition of the current building’s interior this summer and has been restored to its original beauty, thanks to a generous donation from the Sappington-Concord Historical Society, according to the release.

Former students who remember hearing the bell in the early 1900s will be present during Thursday’s ribbon cutting.

Concord Elementary School serves students in grades pre-K through five. Many of the school’s students and teachers are transferring from Truman Elementary School, which will reopen as a second Lindbergh middle school this fall. Concord is one of five elementary schools in the Lindbergh district.

“I am excited to begin the 2011-12 school year in our new home,” Concord Principal Megan Stryjewski stated in the release. “As we continue the Truman tradition of excellence in our new location, we will miss our friends and teachers who are moving on to other schools in the district. However, I am confident that our new, smaller family will have many great experiences at Concord.”

Concord construction was funded by Prop R 2008, a $31 million bond issue approved by voters to eliminate overcrowding at Sperreng Middle School and create more equally sized elementary schools.