In the spring of 2014, the district began a project to add four classrooms and associated spaces at each elementary school in order to reduce the district's reliance on portable classrooms. The new spaces at Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin were built first, and were ready for students in January, 2015. Construction on the additions at Churchill and Forest Glen were completed in August, 2015. Phase III began in the fall of 2015 which will add four additional classrooms at Churchill and eliminate the need for the 4 remaining portable classrooms. Watch here for monthly updates from construction management firm Frederick Quinn, and for photos of the work along the way.
District 41 is committed to providing an appropriate, 21st century learning environment that is safe, well-maintained and well-equipped. We determine facility projects in alignment with our Master Facility Plan and our Long-Range Plan; also, we follow a multi-year roadmap for capital improvements such as repair and replacement of parking lots, heating systems and roofs, and for significant purchases such as classroom furnishings and musical instruments. This systematic approach helps the district foresee large expenditures and ensure that our facilities will continue to be valuable community assets for many years to come.
The district invests considerable resources each year to maintain and improve its buildings. Recent examples of this are the renovation of the Library Media Center at Hadley Junior High and the 21st Century Classroom project.
The district owns seven sites: the five schools, the Central Services Office, and a vacant parcel in the northeast quadrant of the district that was the site of the former Spalding School.
Information on Phase I and Phase II
Phase I/Phase II building overviews: