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D-87 Board moves forward with facility work, considers referendum language

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 11:19 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:58 p.m. CDT

Glenbard Township High School District 87 will move forward with the design work for $9 million worth of facility projects that may begin next summer at its schools, after a unanimous vote from the Board of Education Nov. 4.

The projects are aligned with the district's Master Facility Plan, which includes $100 million of work throughout 10 years, focusing on primary infrastructure improvements and renovations of classrooms, common areas and outdoor spaces.

"This is the beginning stage of many years' worth of work," District 87 Superintendent David Larson said.

Legat Architects, which developed the master plan, will prepare the design drawings and bid specifications for the proposed projects.

The projects are divided by site, focusing on areas such as roofing, flooring, lighting, parking and recreation, based on each facility's needs.

The maximum budget for all the work is $9 million, but the district has separated the projects into what would be included as part of base and alternate bids.

The alternate bid items – totaling about $1 million – consist of projects that will be completed if it is feasible for the district to do so while maintaining its budget.

The list of 2014 projects may be modified as more precise cost estimates are determined, causing District 87 to add, reduce or realign projects to stay within the $9 million budget.

Based on a timeline developed by Legat Architects, bidding would begin in January, with board approval of bids expected to take place in March.

At the Nov. 4 board meeting, the proposed language for a possible referendum question required by the Master Facility Plan was also discussed.

Of the plan's $100 million, $35 million would come from an extension of the district's current bond debt, which is set to expire in future years. The extension will keep tax rates at their current levels, instead of allowing them to decrease, and requires a referendum measure.

As proposed, the referendum would read:

"Shall the Board of Education of Glenbard Township High School District Number 87, DuPage County, Illinois, improve the sites of and alter, repair and equip each of the School District’s four high schools – Glenbard East, Glenbard North, Glenbard South and Glenbard West – and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $35,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?"

"It will be incumbent on us to make sure that our constituency understands we're not raising taxes with this," board member Judith Weinstock said.

The board is expected to take action on the language above at its Nov. 18 meeting. If the language is approved, the question would appear on the March 18, 2014, ballot.

The remaining $65 million of the plan will be funded by the district's Operations and Maintenance budget, which totals about $6.5 million each year. In order to provide available funding more quickly, the Board of Education previously approved issuing bonds to borrow $20 million that will be paid off using that budget.

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Proposed 2014 project costs by site:

Glenbard East: $1,559,522 base, $101,464 alternateGlenbard North: $1,634,273 base, $292,080 alternateGlenbard South: $1,364,701 base, $352,760 alternateGlenbard West: $1,554,498 base, $149,730 alternateAdministrative Center: $170,478 (no alternate)All facilities: $343,468 (no alternate)

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Next meeting

The Board of Education is expected to vote on the proposed referendum language Nov. 18.

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