Following a comprehensive facilities study and months of planning and community input, the 34-member Citizens’ Taskforce developed a funding proposal that meets the needs of both our students and taxpayers. The proposal was approved by the Board of Education on December 13, 2016, and the bond proposal will appear on the April 4, 2017 ballot and address the following facility needs:
- Construction of a new middle school (grades 6 through 8) to replace the existing 67-year-old Maple School on District 30 land adjacent to the current Maple School
- Health/Life Safety upgrades to Wescott School, including code-required, fire-rated separations, door and hardware replacement, West Wing window replacement, exterior perimeter sealant replacement, new temperature control system, and rooftop unit replacement
- Health/Life Safety upgrades to Willowbrook School, including door and hardware replacement, roof repair and replacement, ceiling tile replacement, new temperature control system, and rooftop unit replacement
The current proposal, which has been downsized to $36.3 million, no longer includes additions at the two elementary schools, the pick-up and drop-off loop extension at Wescott School, and expansion of the parking lot at Willowbrook. The District remains committed to allocating $5.2 million in existing reserves toward the facility improvements as well as leaving District administrative offices out of the new middle school project.
The Citizens’ Task Force was unanimous in its support for replacing the aging middle school. The factors that were considered in making that decision included:
- Cost of replacing versus renovating the existing school
In addition to a proposal to replace the middle school, the task force vetted three proposals focused on renovating the existing middle school. The costs associated with Maple School ranged from $15 million (which would address Health/Life Safety issues and major maintenance only) to $38.7 million (improvements that would bring the standards of the existing middle school close to those of the educational benefits of a new school). Each of the renovation proposals—including the highest-cost option—would require additional major maintenance within 10 years of completing the renovation. The architect estimates that between 10 and 20 years following completion of the renovations, an additional $5 million in major maintenance projects would be required. Then another $5 million in maintenance projects would be needed from years 20 to 30.
- Level of disruption to students and staff during construction
According to the architects involved in the development of the district’s Master Facility Plan, construction of a new middle school to replace the existing middle school would result in the least disruption to students and staff.
- Ability of the district to continue to host summer school
If the existing middle school was renovated, summer school could not be held. However, if a new school is pursued, summer school would not be disrupted at the middle school. There are as many as 450 students who participate in summer school classes at Maple School.
- Need for flexible, student-centered spaces that eliminate restrictions to instruction
In addition to challenges such as leaking roofs, interior spaces that flood, poor acoustics and temperature control problems, the existing middle school is a maze of classrooms and instructional spaces that restrict rather than support instruction. This is the result of multiple additions that have been addressed over the past 62 years. The current layout makes it difficult to integrate and combine subject matter, create flexible schedules, foster student-centered learning, and hold small advisory and collaborative experiences with students. Other facility challenges at the existing middle school include undersized, under-equipped classrooms, security issues, energy inefficiencies, a lack of science labs, a lack of natural light in about one-third of the classrooms, problems with existing pick-up and drop-off staging area, undersized performing arts spaces, and privacy problems associated with the nursing and counseling areas.
- Desire to eliminate major middle school maintenance projects over the next 30 years
A new middle school would eliminate the need for future major maintenance over the next 30 years, projects that would be both costly and disruptive to both students and staff.
- Rising construction and borrowing costs
Interest rates are near historic lows, but are expected to increase. Construction costs also continue to increase. The longer the district waits to address its facility needs, the more it will cost.
In developing its final recommendations, the Citizens’ Task Force also took into consideration District 30’s recent investment of $4.1 million in improvements which focused on the district’s two elementary school buildings. While these improvements have not addressed all of the elementary school needs, they have addressed many important projects at both schools.
District 30 has listened. The final proposal of the Citizens’ Task Force was shaped based on our community’s thoughts and recommendations. On December 13, 2016, the District 30 Board of Education will meet to consider adopting a resolution to place the proposal on this spring’s ballot.
We want to thank the more than one thousand district residents who participated in our recent community opinion survey. A special thank you also goes out to the many residents who were involved in the development of Northbrook/Glenview School District 30’s Facility Master Plan, who served as a member of the Facilities Steering Committee and/or who participated on the Citizens’ Task Force.ctf_recc_12816
Tours of Maple School will be offered on the following dates. In addition, tours may be requested by filling out the form on this tour request page.
- Saturday, January 14, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 10:00 a.m.
- Saturday, January 21, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 1:00 p.m.
- Saturday, February 4, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 10:00 a.m.
- Saturday, February 18, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 1:00 p.m.
- Saturday, February 25, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 10.00 a.m.
- Saturday, March 4, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 10:00 a.m.
- Saturday, March 18, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 1:00 p.m.
Photo’s from our site visit to Hoover Schrum Middle School in Calumet City, Illinois
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about District 30’s planning efforts, facility needs and proposed solutions. You can also learn more by reviewing a summary of our facility issues and potential solutions to our highest priority needs.