Butler School District 53 approves resolution to construct new school
OAK BROOK — The Butler School District 53 Board of Education recently approved a resolution agreeing to ask voters to approve $15 million in bonds to construct a new grade school serving kindergarten through eighth graders. The proposition will be placed on the April 9 ballot.
Alan Hanzlik, District 53 school board president, said the decision to construct a new school came after a life safety committee conducted a mandated audit. The school learned that both Brook Forest and Butler Junior High faced repairs totaling more than $12 million.
“Every 10 years, schools are required by Illinois law to go through a life safety review,” Hanzlik said. “Ours was due next year, but we decided to move it up on purpose because our board wanted to make sure we had a strategic plan in place concerning facilities. We realized our two schools are at 54 years old, is one of them, and 47 is the other, and we determined it would be better to have a holistic look at the properties so that we could come up for a plan for the future.”
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