A new elementary school in the city’s ORCHiD neighborhood will be named for Constance Renick Lane. She was the district’s first black teacher and served as an educator and administrator for more than 30 years. Lane retired as assistant superintendent for elementary education in 1985. She died in 2000.
Constance Lane Elementary School will serve students who live in Kishwaukee, Nelson and a portion of the Beyer elementary school zones when it opens for the 2019-20 school year. Kishwaukee and Nelson will close after the 2018-19 school year.