On behalf of Glen Ellyn School District 41, I want to thank the community of voters for officially approving the $24.2 million bond referendum.
On Monday, April 24, the DuPage County Election Commission certified the election results.
Thanks to the support of the community, our students and teachers will now all safely be under one roof, will have improved infrastructure across the district, and will spend the school day safer in our buildings.
A special thank you to the 41 Forward for Kids committee for helping to inform the community about the needs of our school facilities. Thank you to Co-Chairs Lee Fruit and Jodi Herbold for leading the efforts to help pass the referendum.
As our next step, Liz Hennessy of William Blair & Co., along with representatives from the District 41 Finance Advisory Committee, will present financing options to the Board of Education on May 15, 7 p.m. at the Central Services Office. The meeting is open to the public.
We look forward to continuing to engage with the community as we move forward with planning and construction.
Dr. Paul Gordon Superintendent
Financial ImpactClick 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 SummaryOver 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.