D30 Board Gives Go Ahead for Maple Design

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, District 30’s Board of Education came to a consensus on giving the go ahead on the plans that have emerged from the design development phase of work for the new Maple School! In the Fall of 2016, the District 30 Board of Education entered into an inclusive process that generated District 30’s Master Facility Plan. The process included input from all stakeholders:

  • Community Members
  • Parents
  • Students
  • Staff
  • Administration
  • Board of Education

Leadership for this process was provided by our Board, Administrative Team, a Steering Committee (board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members), and a 34-member Citizens’ Task Force (District 30 parents, local business and real-estate leaders, village representatives, community members, building principals, and a teacher from each building). The wealth of information generated in our Master Facility Planning process was utilized to create a preliminary design of a new Maple School.

A leadership team convened that began work with ARCON and Nicholas & Associates two days after the referendum. Efforts have incorporated input from teachers, the Northbrook Police and Fire Departments, a traffic consultant, and engineers from the Village of Northbrook. Our work has also included meetings with District 225 and Glenbrook North High School.

Our collective work has generated designs for the new Maple School, which will be constructed on the field that is adjacent to the current Maple School. These designs will continue to evolve, and you can see the current design and how plans develop at our facilities website: http://d30facilities.org.

Our architects will now enter the mechanical drawing phase that will position us for bidding the work in the winter. Ground breaking will occur by April, and the goal remains to occupy the new Maple School in the fall of 2019.

District 30’s bond sale for this project went extremely well due to our AAA bond rating and the low-interest rates at the time of sale. The actual cost to our taxpayers will not be included in our taxes until the fall of 2018, and it will be lower than advertised during the referendum. The actual cost will be $45.63 per thousand dollars paid in taxes as opposed to the advertised impact of $47.55.

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