Since our initial discussions in 2015, the largest obstacle District 30 faced was the limitations our facilities placed on our educational programming due to significant infrastructure issues at Maple School and limited capacity within our elementary schools. We faced our most imposing issue, Maple School, first. Nearly 76% of our community supported our referendum, and we 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, and we hope to have them in place by the beginning of the 2021-22 School Year!
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.
Our space limitations have placed our most distractible learners in hallways and have required other compromises, including putting up temporary walls to teach a class in our Willowbrook library.
We are out of space, and our enrollment projections predict our enrollment to continue to rise. Our desirable community, schools, and new real estate developments in Northbrook will continue to drive this reality.