District 30 promised to address our elementary capacity needs once Maple School was completed. The Board of Education spent the 2019-2020 school year developing plans for addressing our capacity needs, and we hope to have them in place by the beginning of the 2021-22 School Year.
After completing work on the new Maple School, District 30 promised to address our elementary capacity needs once it was completed. The Board of Education spent the 2019-2020 school year developing plans for addressing our capacity needs. We now have a state-of-the-art, flexible new middle school, but the capacity issues within our elementary school have only worsened due to increasing enrollment.
Our updated Master Facility Plan summarized that we were “out of space” in 2016 when we were running 39 core elementary sections, which had increased from 34 sections in 2014. Today, we are running 43 core elementary sections
Over several years, District 30 has undergone enrollment studies and facility reviews, to determine the school's ability to provide the best instruction in the optimal class size configurations. Recently, the district has engaged the Board of Education, administration, teachers and students in a study of our elementary facilities. Working with ARCON architects, we began to look for efficiencies in our current space, as well as any additional projects that might increase our capacity.
At the same time, we began to look at our grade configurations and the sustainability of our kindergarten center at Willowbrook School, as a way of reclaiming classroom space. This process continues, with regular reports at our Board of Education Meetings.
The current plan adds eight classrooms and a gym onto Wescott to realign Wescott’s Kindergarten with our neighborhood-school philosophy. This project will also increase safety by extending the drop-off lane.
Relocating Kindergarten at Wescott opens up needed classroom space at Willowbrook. Reconfiguring a few areas within the building set it up for the future. The project will also add badly needed parking spaces to Willowbrook’s campus.
The Board accepted the recommendation to invest $15.5M into our elementary schools.