District 58 is on track to complete a variety of Life Safety, operations and maintenance projects and security upgrades at its 13 schools during the summers of 2013 and 2014.
These projects are the result of years of careful planning and needs assessments, including a comprehensive facilities study conducted last winter by consultant Wight and Co.
We are excited to take the next steps toward implementing our plans to upgrade our facilities in a way that is fiscally responsible and student centered. These improvements will help us continue to achieve our mission of providing top-quality services to our students in safe, nurturing and supportive learning environments.
Projects planned for the summers of 2013 and 2014 include much-needed asbestos abatement and carpet/tile replacement, asphalt projects, fire alarm and HVAC upgrades and security upgrades to buildings throughout the district.
Phase one of districtwide security upgrades will also occur this summer, including secure front entrances, a new swipe card system for staff and updated security/burglar alarms.
The district plans to issue about $5 million in Life Safety bonds this summer to address the identified and eligible Life Safety and security needs of its school facilities, and use an additional $3 million of its own funds to pay for other prioritized projects throughout the district, including a three-classroom addition and other upgrades at Pierce Downer School.
As part of the Strategic Planning Process completed in 2011, District 58 community members, parents and staff indicated that one of the district’s top priorities over the next five years should be to ensure that its schools and other facilities are safe, welcoming, positive environments that support and enhance student learning.
I am proud of the work accomplished by the District 58 Board and our community over the past several years with regards to facility planning, and look forward to sharing our progress with our students, staff and community.
Visit our Facilities Planning Page, www.dg58.org/domain/734, for information and a full list of projects by school.
Kari Cremascoli is superintendent of schools for Downers Grove Grade School District 58