District Shares Northview Addition Plans
$11.4 Million Grant to Fund Project
Dear Parents, Community Members and Taxpayers,
The Board of Education has given the direction to move forward with the detailed planning for a roughly 40,000 square foot addition to Northview that will bring all of our PreK through 4th grade students and staff under one roof. With the current timeline, construction could begin as early as the summer of 2014 and the new addition could be open as early as the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. Assuming this all takes place as we are planning, we would close Washington School and our district will move from three campuses to two. It is our goal to finance this project solely with state construction grant funds, while saving our local property taxpayers millions of dollars going forward.
Please click here for a link to the updated site plan, which shows a rough layout of the new addition (shown in orange), as well as the proposed parking and traffic patterns which would also be major changes to the site. Under the current plan, the new addition would house preschool, kindergarten, first grade, physical education and some other academic space, as well as the new office and front of the building (now facing Plum Street to the east) in the new 40,000 square foot addition. The proposal also shows a small addition to the current northwest wing to keep our second grade in the northern half of the building. The existing portion of Northview (shown in blue) would house third and fourth grades, as well as music, art, the library and the existing cafeteria and remodeled kitchen.
The plans will continue to develop over the coming weeks and months. We have made decisions and disscussed these plans at a number of public meetings, as well as sough input at a comunity forum that was held on December 11 and presented by our school district's superintendent and lead architect. These discussions and decisions will continue at our upcoming regular and special Board of Education meetings.
We work very hard to be completely transparent in all that we do, and we want our community and taxpayers to have factual, accurate information about this very important project. We will continue to update the information on our website, and for more history and details, I would encourage you to read through the Facility Planning Questions and Answers. This explains more about the district's recent acquisition of $11,406,355.82 from the Illinois Capital Development Board School Construction Grant Program.
We continue to welcome feedback, input, suggestions and questions. Please contact Superintendent Mark Cross at 815-223-0486 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or feel free to reach out to any member of the Board of Education for more information. Thank you very much for your support of our children and our schools, and never hesitate to let us know if you have any questions at all.
Mark R. Cross, Superintendent