BOARD OF EDUCATION MESSAGE ON FACILITY PLANS
AND 2014-15 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Dear Western Springs Community:
At its meeting on February 24, 2014, the District 101 Board of Education selected Henry Bros. Co. (HBC), based in Hickory Hills, IL, to complete planned facility improvements at each of our four school campuses. These construction projects will, among other things, enhance current learning areas; add instructional space; provide intervention rooms that meet current and projected needs for small group instruction; improve safety and security; create fixed spaces for the arts including band, orchestra, music, and fine arts; and add spaces for community and therapeutic purposes. Planned improvements include completing upgrades to the HVAC systems that were partially completed in 2003, and will enable District 101 to aircondition our buildings for a reasonable incremental cost.
HBC was the lowest responsible bidder, at a total cost of approximately $11.9 million, and has appropriate qualifications and relevant experience necessary to complete these projects. As part of its extensive planning work, the Board and its financial consultants identified a conservative method for funding construction via rollover and refinancing of existing debt, bond issuance, and use of operating funds. This method will not require an increase in taxes at this time, and no referendum is anticipated to be necessary until 2020.
Exterior construction may begin as soon as the third week of March, in conjunction with the District’s spring break. Interior construction will begin following June 5, 2014 (the expected last day of school), with a contracted construction completion date of August 15, 2014. The first day of the 20142015 School Year will be September 2, 2014. The Board is confident that the contracted construction end date and financial incentives for ontime completion will ensure that the school buildings will be safe and ready for students in time for the September 2 start date.
2014-2015 SCHOOL CALENDAR
We as a Board are excited about the enhanced learning environments that will be created through the execution of this project, and we are pleased to be able to do so in an economically responsible way for the taxpayers of our community.
President, Board of Education
WESTERN SPRINGS PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT 101
NOTICE OF BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
The date of the March Board of Education Meeting has been changed from Monday, March 17 to Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
Mrs. Kathy Wennerstrum, President
Board of Education, District 101
2014/2015 Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration & Screenings
Please click below for information regarding the upcoming registration and screenings for the 2014-2015 school year.
BOARD TO HOST PUBLIC FORUMS ON POSSIBLE BUILDING ADDITIONS
The District 101 Board of Education invites parents and interested community members to attend one of four Public Forums to be held during the month of February to hear about proposed plans for facility expansion and improvement projects at each of our buildings. In these sessions, overviews for these planned improvements - including more detailed discussions of the host building plans - will be provided, financing plans to support these projects will be shared (there is NO bond referendum planned!), and audience questions will be answered. Please plan to attend one of these events, each of which will begin at 7:00 pm in the school gymnasium!
Public Forum #1 Field Park Gymnasium Thurs, Feb. 6 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Pubic Forum #2 Forest Hills Gymnasium Wed, Feb. 12 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Public Forum #3 Laidlaw Gymnasium Tues, Feb. 18 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Public Forum #4 McClure Gymnasium Thurs, Feb. 20 7:00 - 8:00 pm
BOARD OF EDUCATION RELEASES 2014-15 CALENDAR OPTIONS
At its December meeting, the District 101 Board of Education announced that had identified one of two calendar options for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. The determining factor on which option will be implemented will be whether or not building expansion plans are approved in late-February.
The Board, in conjunction with our architects, DLA, have final plans in place to expand learning spaces for students at each of our three elementary buildings, as well as the possible relocation of the Board of Eduation offices to provide for yet additional instructional space at Field Park Elementary. If project bids (expected to be received in early-February) are within projected estimates, Calendar Option A (see attached below) will be adopted in March. However, if bids come in outside of projections, Calendar Option B (also attached below) would be the default calendar. The Board has released these two calendar options to allow District 101 families to begin advance planning for the upcoming school year. Again, the final 2014-15 calendar will be adopted at the Board's regular March meeting.
Additionally, four parent and community forums are planned to provide much greater detail on the proposed building-expansion projects for interested individuals. Details on these four public information sessions will be released later this week (the week of January 13), via posting to the front page of the District website, mailings to District families, and posting in our local newspapers.
Option A Calendar
Option B Calendar