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Article updated: 3/26/2013 9:01 PM

Oak Brook voters to decide fate of new school proposal

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Butler Elementary District 53 wants to build a K-8 school on village-owned Sports Core land east of the Oak Brook Public Library, but voters first must approve two ballot questions allowing a tax increase to fund the school and granting permission for the land to be sold. This preliminary concept drawing shows what the school could look like.

Courtesy of Citizens for A Better Oak Brook

Brook Forest Elementary School, built in 1971, has irregularly shaped classrooms, temporary walls creating noise distractions and is one of the schools that could be replaced with a new facility if voters in Oak Brook and District 53 approve two ballot questions.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Butler Junior High, built in 1958, is one of two schools that could be consolidated into one new facility under a plan for which District 53 is seeking voter approval.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

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Voter response to two questions on the April 9 ballot in Oak Brook could lead to development of a new school for Butler Elementary District 53 on village-owned land at the Sports Core. If voters approve both questions -- one involving a tax increase and the other a land sale -- District 53 officials say they will move forward with plans to construct an almost 120,000-square-foot building with 28 classrooms to replace the aging Brook Forest Elementary and Butler Junior High schools.
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    • Butler Elementary District 53 wants to build a K-8 school on village-owned Sports Core land east of the Oak Brook Public Library, but voters first must approve two ballot questions allowing a tax increase to fund the school and granting permission for the land to be sold. This preliminary concept drawing shows what the school could look like.
    • Brook Forest Elementary School, built in 1971, has irregularly shaped classrooms, temporary walls creating noise distractions and is one of the schools that could be replaced with a new facility if voters in Oak Brook and District 53 approve two ballot questions.
    • Butler Junior High, built in 1958, is one of two schools that could be consolidated into one new facility under a plan for which District 53 is seeking voter approval.
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