DOWNERS GROVE – Pierce Downer Elementary School students and staff were greeted by more classroom space this school year and a renovated library, staff lounge and office space.
School District 58 spent about $1.5 million to address overcrowding issues at the school by adding classrooms to the northwest wing of the building, along with a dedicated art and music room. Previously it was the only school in the district not to already have that.
The school also gained space for small-group instruction, such as special education classes, for instance, or reading labs.
The district spent about $95,000 to renovate the library, teacher’s lounge and office space at the school. The project moved a wall in the library, turning what was two small spaces into one large space big enough for an entire class. It will reorganized the teachers’ lounge and a small office area to make the space more usable.
Both projects were spurred in part by a district-wide assessment of all facilities last year.
The study helped officials identify close to $40 million in spending priorities, and near the top of the list was overcrowding at Pierce Downer.