District 211 Presents Facilities and Capital Improvement Plans to Board of Education

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District 211 logoThe High School District 211 administration presented its plans for long-range capital improvement projects through the next five years, as well as required Life Safety work and maintenance schedules.

Several facility and capital improvement projects are outlined for the next five school years and were presented to the Board of Education at its meeting on March 20. Although the Board has seen proposals in the past for some of the projects, such as swimming pool renovations, improvements and plans also were introduced for future consideration by the Board.

The District is currently in a strong financial position, and has worked to build reserves to use for the upcoming improvements. The projects, which correlate with educational goals, building utilization, and site improvement and maintenance schedules, are projected to total $52.5 million through the 2018-2019 school years. Bids will continue throughout the spring to finalize the cost for some of the upcoming approved and proposed projects.

Facility and Capital Improvement Planning Timeline (click to enlarge)

Facility and Capital Improvement Planning Timeline (click to enlarge)

“The District has been planning for long-term capital improvements over the past several years.  Our long term planning, budget reductions and operational efficiencies have put us in a strong financial position which would allow us the opportunity to fund these proposed projects in entirety through our use of reserves” said Lauren Hummel, Chief Operating Officer-Elect for District 211.

Facility and capital improvements include:

  • Proposed pool renovations at all five schools, beginning with Conant High School this summer;
  • Proposed renovation of Conant High School’s main office and guidance area this summer;
  • Approved wireless access point expansions at each building;
  • Proposed auditorium lighting and sound upgrades at four schools modeled after Hoffman Estates High School’s recent improvements;
  • Proposed media center upgrades;
  • Proposed athletic field upgrades;
  • Proposed second floor math and science corridor at Conant High School;
  • Negotiations to lease the former Barrington Orthopedic building adjacent to Hoffman Estates High School to house District alternative education programs; and
  • Proposed Adult Transition Program relocation at Palatine High School

Several renovations and improvements are upgrading facilities that date back to the 1960s and 1970s, which have served the District for many years due to regular maintenance schedules.

“It is such an exciting time for the District to able to propose a capital improvement plan that will positively impact every student in our district in one capacity or another,” Hummel said. “The plan allows us to make timely improvements to facilities that have served us well; some for 40+ years.”

Approved and proposed capital improvement projects also are in conjunction with scheduled Life Safety work.  Life Safety work is mandated by State Board of Education regulations within the School Building Code and the Health Life Safety Code, in addition to occupational safety standards of the Illinois Department of Labor.

The planning of these projects allows for the District to remain in a favorable financial position while utilizing reserve funds. Each new project will not interfere with other annual and cyclical maintenance and repair work, and will be staggered between different schools throughout the next five years. Project scheduling and considerations include planning and priority of scheduled Life Safety work, summer school impact, and funding resources.

To read more about upcoming and proposed building and capital improvement projects, please visit BoardDocs here.