Building for Success

District 58 Facility Updates

District 58 has had extensive community and staff involvement with its plans to add onto and upgrade its aging school buildings following the successful November 2022 referendum. This web page is to keep you further informed of updates on those plans. 

Goals of project

The community approved a $179 million bond referendum to improve District 58’s 13 school facilities in the Nov. 8 election. The referendum goals were fourfold:

  • Create secure vestibules at all of our school buildings
  • Provide air conditioning in all of our schools (two already are air-conditioned) and address air quality and ventilation
  • Transition 6th grade to our current 7-8th grade middle schools, which would address overcrowding in the elementary schools
  • Address critical infrastructure needs at our schools such as replacing roofs, plumbing and electrical, and addressing state-mandated repairs

Benefits of project

The benefits are many to these projects. Our schools are between 53 and 94 years old and needed significant repairs. These improvements will make our buildings safer and more secure, extend the useful life of existing facilities, reduce emergency repairs, enhance ADA accessibility, create classrooms that can leverage instructional technology, improve the middle school experience and free up needed space at the elementary schools. 

Now that the referendum has been approved, the focus in 2023 is to develop conceptual designs, conduct traffic studies, submit necessary permits and develop schematic designs. Phase I construction work will then begin in the summer of 2024 on the largest projects – additions and renovations at the two middle schools O’Neill and Herrick.  Additionally, during the summer of 2024, renovation/repairs will occur at four elementary schools. The middle school work will begin in the spring/summer of 2024 and is expected to be completed by August 2026. Any interior renovations that could impact students would occur during the summers. 

Phase 2 would include work on another four elementary schools in the summer of 2025. Phase 3 would address work on the remaining three elementary schools in the summer of 2026.

Visioning Sessions

At Visioning Sessions in February 2023, followed by a Visioning Survey, parents, staff and community members voiced opinions on their priorities about design elements. They indicated that the work should:

  • Accommodate flexibility so the buildings can be useful if demands and priorities change in the future
  • Foster choice and independence in students so they can follow their passions
  • Promote safe and sustainable environments
  • Create warm and welcoming spaces to learn with natural light and color choices
  • Honor tradition with timeless spaces and not passing fads.

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