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Construction and Renovation Update

August Ground Breaking Planned

Dear Parents, Community Members and Taxpayers,

We have finalized the design for the addition and renovation project at Northview Elementary School and the project is officially out to bid. Our staff, administration and Board of Education have spent countless hours with our architects at Healy, Bender and Associates planning for every detail of the project. If all goes as planned, we expect to break ground on the 40,000 square foot addition this summer. After both the new addition and the renovation of the existing building are completed in the summer of 2015, we will then bring all of our PreK through 4th grade students under one roof at Northview for the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. At that point in time, we plan to close Washington School and Peru Public Schools will move from three campuses to two for the first time in our long and rich history.

Potential bidders can click here for specific instructions and timelines.

Here is a link to the architectural rendering of what Northview will look like after the addition is completed. The main entrance and front of the building will now face Plum Street to the east, and will connect the existing building with the new addition. This is shown in the darker brick color on the first page. The new addition will house preschool, kindergarten, first grade, reading, physical education in the new gyymnasium and several other academic spaces. There is also a small addition to the current northwest wing to keep our second grade together in what will be the central wing. The exising part of the building will house third and fourth grades, as well as music, art, the library and the existing cafeteria and remodeled kitchen. Like Parkside, all of Northiew will be fully air-conditioned and will include ample space for our students, staff and educational programs. Our taxpaying community and generations of children will be very fortunate indeed to have two new and completely modern school facilities.

Here is a link to the site plan, which shows the layout of the new addition in orange, as well as the parking and traffic patterns which would also be major changes to the site. The existing portion of Northview is shown in blue. Also, if you are interested in more history and details of the grant and how this project came to fruition, I would encourage you to read through the Facility Planning Questions and Answers.

We are also right on budget in terms of completely financing this project with state construction grant funds, while saving our school district and local property taxpayers literally millions of dollars going forward. This past year, as a result of very effective long-term planning mixed with some pretty good fortune, our school district was awarded just over $11.4 million of Illinois Capital Development Board School Construction Grant Program funding. It is with this funding that we will completely modernize the existing Northview, while also completing the new addition and site work. The new Parkside and new and renovated Northview will represent over $30 million of construction covering 175,000 square feet of work since 2009, all financed without a penny of local property taxes.

This is a very exciting time for our community, school district, taxpayers and children. Please contact me at 815-223-0486 or mcross@perued.net if you have any questions or would like more information. Thank you very much for your support of our children and our schools!

Mark R. Cross, Superintendent

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Peru Elementary District 124 1800 Church Street Peru, IL  61354
Phone: 815-223-0486 FAX: 815-223-0490

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