Friday, October 19, 2012, Cape Girardeau Public Schools will celebrate the completion of two projects of the 2010 bond issue: an addition to Central Middle School and a replacement of the old Franklin Elementary, foreground, in the picture above, as it looked on January 19, 2012. The new Franklin Elementary, a state-of-the art, 50,000-square-foot facility, graces the old school's playground at Themis and Louisiana Streets. The bond issue provided for improvements at eight of the District's ten campuses. Cape Central Middle School received a new breezeway connecting the main building to the gym and providing office and conference areas. Other upgrades include a new boiler, temperature controls, new safety railing on the main stairs, security cameras, exterior security doors, fire alarm enhancements and additional parking.
The Franklin Elementary ribbon cutting is set for 9 a.m. Friday. Principal Dr. Rhonda Dunham said visitor parking will be available in the drive-thru in front of the school. The Central Middle School ribbon cutting is set for 9:30 a.m. in front of the new addition near the corner of Thilenius and Caruthers Streets. Principal Rex Crosnoe said the most convenient parking for visitors will be along Caruthers Street in front of the new addition.