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Government

Glen Ellyn District 41 to hire architecture firm to study space required for full-day kindergarten

GLEN ELLYN – The Glen Ellyn School District 41 Board of Education approved hiring FGM Architects to analyze the district's buildings for their capacity to accommodate full-day kindergarten Nov. 24.

At the board's previous meeting, district principals told board members there would be no way to add full-day kindergarten with the existing facilities.

"There's no flexibility in our schools," said Superintendent Paul Gordon on Nov. 24, recapping the principals' presentation.

Board member Joe Bochenski said he wanted the architects to look at the space issue at each school as it would be if full-day kindergarten were introduced.

FGM is anticipated to present three potential options for space accommodations: Building a new school for kindergarten through fifth grade, constructing a new early-learning center and building an addition at an existing school. According to board documents, the district will spend a maximum of $10,000 on the study.

Gordon has previously indicated a new school would be built on property at Spalding Park. If a new facility is constructed, the district would look at providing additional services at it, including more special education.

Gordon said FGM would also provide preliminary cost estimates associated with all three options. When the plan of building a new school was first proposed, he said it would likely require a referendum.

The board is continuing to look at expanding to full-day kindergarten. According to a recent district survey, 69 percent of 642 respondents believe the district should offer it.

The board will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Hadley Junior High School Library Media Center, 240 Hawthorne Blvd., to allow for more public input on the issue.

Board members are expected to make a decision on full-day kindergarten in the coming months.

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