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Education

Lester School addition may become reality

District 58 board to vote Feb. 12 on construction bids, funding for school expansion

The proposed addition to Lester Elementary School has been a topic of discussion in Downers Grove Grade School District 58 for some time, but the project may come to fruition at the Feb. 12 Board of Education meeting. Board members are expected to review the results of public bidding and receive a final financing recommendation before voting on a bid and the bond sale for the work.
The proposed addition to Lester Elementary School has been a topic of discussion in Downers Grove Grade School District 58 for some time, but the project may come to fruition at the Feb. 12 Board of Education meeting. Board members are expected to review the results of public bidding and receive a final financing recommendation before voting on a bid and the bond sale for the work.

DOWNERS GROVE – The proposed addition to Lester Elementary School has been a topic of discussion in Downers Grove Grade School District 58 for some time, but the project may come to fruition at the Feb. 12 Board of Education meeting.

Board members are expected to review the results of public bidding and receive a final financing recommendation before voting on a bid and the bond sale for the work.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Downers Grove Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave.

The addition would address Lester’s space issues, adding three classrooms, bathrooms and a flexible resource space, district officials said.

If approved, construction would begin within a few months.

"If the board approves both actions, it would allow the Lester project to get underway in early spring," said Megan Hewitt, the district's community relations coordinator.

The district expects to receive bond sale proceeds by the end of February. Construction on the $2.3 million project would be completed by the start of the 2018-19 school year, Hewitt said.

The anticipated actions at the Feb. 12 meeting come following an examination over the past five years of possible solutions to Lester’s space needs.

During that time, Lester School experienced an increased need for student enrichment, intervention and special education services. Additionally, the district expanded its kindergarten enrichment program districtwide. Lester lacked the space necessary to accommodate the new programming, Hewitt said.

"District 58 has explored many possible solutions to responsibly address Lester's space limitations in recent years," she said. "We believe that this proposed project will help resolve these space issues in a cost-effective manner. If the board approves the public bids and proposed bond sale, we will be excited to see the project come to fruition."

DOWNERS GROVE – The proposed addition to Lester Elementary School has been a topic of discussion in Downers Grove Grade School District 58 for some time, but the project may come to fruition at the Feb. 12 Board of Education meeting.

Board members are expected to review the results of public bidding and receive a final financing recommendation before voting on a bid and the bond sale for the work.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Downers Grove Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave.

The addition would address Lester’s space issues, adding three classrooms, bathrooms and a flexible resource space, district officials said.

If approved, construction would begin within a few months.

"If the board approves both actions, it would allow the Lester project to get underway in early spring," said Megan Hewitt, the district's community relations coordinator.

The district expects to receive bond sale proceeds by the end of February. Construction on the $2.3 million project would be completed by the start of the 2018-19 school year, Hewitt said.

The anticipated actions at the Feb. 12 meeting come following an examination over the past five years of possible solutions to Lester’s space needs.

During that time, Lester School experienced an increased need for student enrichment, intervention and special education services. Additionally, the district expanded its kindergarten enrichment program districtwide. Lester lacked the space necessary to accommodate the new programming, Hewitt said.

"District 58 has explored many possible solutions to responsibly address Lester's space limitations in recent years," she said. "We believe that this proposed project will help resolve these space issues in a cost-effective manner. If the board approves the public bids and proposed bond sale, we will be excited to see the project come to fruition."

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