District 41 to propose building new classrooms

Posted9/23/2013 9:17 AM

Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 administrators will present a building plan to the school board Monday night to provide up to 16 new classrooms -- four at each of the district's four elementary schools.

Officials estimate the cost of the project at close to $11 million and would use existing reserves for construction costs. If approved, the district still would have a fund balance of roughly 15 percent of operating expenditures.

Construction of the additions would take two to three years, beginning in the spring or summer of 2014 at Franklin and continuing at Forest Glen, Churchill and Lincoln. The idea is to bring a good percentage of students into brick- and-mortar classrooms and reduce the reliance on portable classrooms. At present there are 32 portables in the district, 22 of them at elementary schools.

The additional classrooms are the first phase of a three-phase long-term proposed project. Phase two would be construction of a new elementary school housing 450 to 550 students, which would require a referendum initiated by the board. The third phase would be instituting full-day kindergarten and revisiting the concept of innovation labs.

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