The Latest Information:
On Thursday, April 29th, District 300 celebrated the beginning of construction for a new elementary school with a groundbreaking ceremony.
The new elementary school is a proactive measure to address capacity issues resulting from population growth in the western portion of the district. It is expected to house approximately 500 students in preschool through fifth grade, primarily from the villages of Hampshire and Pingree Grove.
The new school is expected to distribute enrollment numbers more evenly across the district, ensuring every student will have access to the services and resources they need to achieve success.
The building will measure 86,260 square feet across two stories and will include 40 classrooms, a gym, a library, and a media center. The school will cost $30.8 million dollars and will not create an increased community tax burden due to the existing fund balance and the issuance of debt certificates that will be paid for out of the district’s existing operating funds.
District 300 anticipates welcoming students to the school in August of 2022.
The new elementary school does not yet have a name. The Board is pleased to announce that members of the District 300 community will have an opportunity to formally submit naming recommendations. During a future Board Meeting, we will provide the community with comprehensive details on the naming process, including a complete timeline, a process to submit name recommendations, and the selection criteria that will be used to make the final decision.
The building and naming of a new school is an especially exciting event and the Board looks forward to engaging our community in this process.
Engage School Utilization and Capacity Committee
Develop potential boundary scenarios
Finalize and share 3-5 boundary scenarios with BOE
Provide final boundary scenarios to BOE for review
Announce building principal / facility naming process
Hold community feedback meetings
Present final boundary change recommendation to BOE
Present and vote on name of new school
Communicate boundary changes with families and begin transition plan