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Looking ahead: Glen Ellyn news in 2016 to include District 41 space needs

GLEN ELLYN – Many of the stories that dominated Glen Ellyn headlines in 2015 will again be in the spotlight in the new year.

Here are a few of the stories Glen Ellyn residents can expect to see in 2016:

1. District 41 space issues

In fall 2015, Forest Glen Elementary School students settled into four new classrooms at the school as part of Glen Ellyn School District 41's efforts to replace portables at its elementary schools with new state-of-the-art classrooms.

Churchill Elementary School also received four new classrooms, and four additional classrooms are under construction and set to open in 2016. After that happens, all portables at the district's elementary schools will be gone.

However, 10 portable classrooms will remain at Hadley Junior High School. The District 41 Community Facility Task Force currently is studying the district's space needs, and it is expected to make a final report presentation on its recommendations to the Board of Education at a meeting March 21.

2. New College of DuPage trustee, president

Following the surprise resignation of College of DuPage Board of Trustees Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton on Dec. 13, the board has until February 2016 to appoint her replacement, who would fill the open trustee position until the next election in April 2017. The person who wins the election would fill the remainder of Hamilton's term until it expires in 2019.

If the board cannot agree on an appointee within 60 days, the Illinois Community College Board will install one. COD currently is accepting applications for a new trustee through Jan. 10.

The board also must fill the vacancy of college president after it voted 4-1 in October 2015 to fire President Robert Breuder.

The board has hired an executive search firm to help find the college's next president, as well as fill three other vacant positions. Chicago-based William E. Hay & Company will conduct searches for the positions of president, chief financial officer, controller and vice president for development/executive director of the COD Foundation.

Education consultant Robert Dickeson will be working in conjunction with William E. Hay & Company.

3. Glenbard West science addition

Work on a $16.5-million science addition to Glenbard West High School is expected to be done by August 2016.

The school district has worked to appease community members who expressed concern about preserving the George Zahrobsky Botanical Garden at the east end of the school, the site of construction.

4. Completion of Lake Ellyn Boathouse renovation project

In fall 2015, work began on a $2.9-million project to restore the historic Lake Ellyn Boathouse, built in 1937 as a Works Progress Administration project. The WPA program was a federal assistance program designed to put unemployed Americans back to work during the Great Depression.

The project is set for completion by late June 2016. Upgrading Lake Ellyn Park and the boathouse was identified as a top priority for the Glen Ellyn Park District in a 2012 community survey. The project includes replacement of the boathouse’s roof and the addition of a flood protection wall.

5. New police station

Work is expected to continue to move forward on a new police station to replace the current overcrowded station in the Glen Ellyn Civic Center.

Glen Ellyn officials have decided to cap construction costs for the new station at $13.5 million. Village trustees approved a resolution Dec. 14, authorizing and setting parameters for the village and the Leopardo-Dewberry design-build team to proceed with the design of the police station at Panfish Park.

To contain costs, trustees decided to drop a weapons training range from the station. They said the range may be built at a later date if funds become available.

This story has been updated to reflect the rescheduling of the District 41 Community Facility Task Force’s presentation to the Board of Education to March 21.

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