Board approves sale of bonds and construction bids for Build 220 projects
April 6, 2021- At its April 6, 2021 meeting, the Board of Education approved the sale of $75,000,000 in bonds for upcoming Build 220 projects. This is the second sale of bonds for the $147 million referendum, which was approved by voters in the March 17, 2021 primary election. By law, the funding secured by the bonds can only be used for needed infrastructure projects.At the April 6 meeting, Board members also approved bids for the construction projects at Grove Avenue Elementary. The bids came in at $5,772,366. An estimated total of $8,656,156 will be spent at Grove, as items like safety and security and furniture are not included in construction bids. Construction at Grove is expected to begin later this spring and tentatively wrap up in December 2022.
Board views preliminary design plans for BHS
March 2, 2021- At their March 2, 2021 meeting, Board of Education members heard preliminary design plans for the referendum construction projects at Barrington High School. Of the $147 million which the community approved for the March 2020 referendum, about $62 million is dedicated to the high school. One major outcome of the work at BHS will be improved safety features and enhanced security equipment. This will be accomplished through several projects, some of which include: improved traffic circulation and additional security vestibules at entrances to the building.Another major outcome of the work at BHS will be improved educational spaces that will positively impact learning. This will be accomplished through several projects, some of which include: a renovated student services area where students can access services such as deans, counselors and nurses in one location, a culinary arts lab, and new spaces for fitness and wellness.BHS is currently in the design phase until approximately October 2021, with construction anticipated to begin in March 2022 and last through February 2025. The Board will continue to discuss the BHS design phase at its next meeting on March 16.
Project updates featured in "220 in less than 2"
Feb, 19, 2021- Dr. Harris shares an update on projects at Station, Prairie and Grove in the February episode of "220 in less than 2".
Board approves construction bids for Station and Prairie
Feb. 2, 2021- At its Feb. 2, 2021 meeting, the Board of Education approved bids for referendum projects at BMS-Prairie and BMS-Station. The construction bids came in lower than expected at $15,275,444 for both schools, compared to the estimated cost of $19,431,658. An estimated total of $30 million will be spent on both middle schools, as items like safety and security and furniture are not included in the construction bids. Construction is expected to begin in the spring and tentatively wrap up in November 2022.
New classroom addition to replace mobile classrooms at Grove
Sept. 15, 2020- At its Sept. 15 meeting, Board of Education members discussed the appropriate location for the district's elementary classroom addition.As you may recall, one of the major referendum projects is eliminating the mobile classrooms at Grove Avenue Elementary. However, the Board never indicated which elementary school a new classroom addition would be constructed at.When considering building design, estimated construction costs, student enrollment, and school boundary assignments, Grove Avenue Elementary is the recommended choice for the elementary classroom addition.The district is beginning elementary referendum work at Grove in order to prioritize safety and security at that building, which includes the elimination of the mobile classrooms. Design work on all other elementary schools will happen in phases, tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2021.