District 41 Seeking Voter Approval to Remove Portables, Fix Infrastructure and Improve Safety
Vote April 4
On Monday, January 9, based on all of the data and feedback collected throughout the facilities planning process, the Glen Ellyn School District 41 Board of Education voted 6-0 to put a $24.2 million bond measure on the April 4, 2017 ballot. Thank you to all of the community members who engaged in the planning process and provided feedback.
If approved, these bonds will fund projects to:
Eliminate portable classrooms with a new addition at Hadley Junior High School
Address some infrastructure and health life safety issues at all schools
Add additional ADA accessible restrooms at all of the schools
Enhance safety with a secure entrance at Churchill School
Reduce congestion in the neighborhood around Hadley by adding a bus lane on district property
Click Here for full financial document
In 2018, the District will pay off bonds that funded past building projects. This reduction of debt payments would give the community an opportunity to invest the $24.2 million to address some facilities needs at our schools and have a tax decrease over the taxes paid in 2016.
Example: If a community member pays $8,000 in 2016, the District 41 debt portion of their tax bill would decrease by approximately $85.
If the referendum does not
pass, for a community member who pays $8,000 in 2016, the District 41 debt portion of their tax bill would decrease by approximately $199 on the District 41 debt portion of their tax bill.
Note: This information is based off of the average tax bill of the five communities District 41 serves (Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Wheaton).
Click Here for the Jan. 10 Daily Herald article about the proposed facilities plans.
Facilities Background Summary
Over the years, District 41 has been presented with a number of challenges related to school facilities. Starting in 2001, 32 portable classrooms were installed throughout the district and were in use until 2014 when the District invested $14 million to eliminate portables at the elementary schools and replace them with new classroom additions. All portables at the elementary schools have now been eliminated. Ten portables remain at Hadley.
In addition, for more than 10 years, the Board of Education and district administration have been evaluating school building facilities and exploring ways to improve physical spaces in order to meet the educational needs of the students. In February 2015, the Board of Education directed the administration to obtain feedback from the community on the future of a facilities recommendation through a facilities community task force. This Task Force studied the district school facilities needs as related to Board priorities and presented a report to the superintendent. The Task Force of approximately 30 people, led by two community members who served as co-chairs,
studied district school facilities needs for Phase II and presented a report to the Superintendent
and the Board of Education in April 2016.
In addition, the district sent out a survey to all of the households within
the school district boundaries to get further feedback on facilities plan options. The survey results informed the Board of Education on how to move forward with projects that the community would support.
On January 9, 2017 the Board of Education voted 6-0 for a $24.2 million bond referendum. Click Here for more information.