CCSD21 summer construction tallied $2 million under budget

Community Consolidated School District 21
Updated 11/21/2019 7:38 AM

During its November Board of Education meeting, CCSD21 board members received a final wrap-up report of construction projects that took place during summer 2019. CCSD21 budgeted just under $40 million for summer projects. Actual expenses were $2 million under budget.

When CCSD21 schools opened on September 3, 2019, for the first day of classes, students returned to fully air conditioned buildings and secured entryways.


"Our contractors tackled an ambitious amount of work this summer. Not only did they meet our narrow timeline to return students to school on time, but were responsible with every dollar of taxpayer funds, coming in $2 million under budget," said Dr. Michael Connolly, CCSD21 Superintendent. "We appreciate the trust the community showed in us to take on this project and are pleased to report our progress."

Work this past summer, and in each of the next three summers, is thanks to CCSD21 voters' support of the District's November 2018 referendum. Voters overwhelmingly supported the District's plans to create more secure, comfortable, and engaging learning spaces for students and staff. Work in subsequent summers will prepare physical spaces to provide full-day kindergarten at all CCSD21 elementary buildings and ensure future-ready schools through replacing aging classroom furnishings and by completing LED lighting and other vital maintenance projects to ensure efficient facilities.

Gilbane Building Company served as construction manager for the summer 2019 project and ARCON Associates, Inc., was the architect.

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