New Elementary School


New Elementary School Progress

  • 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. 

    Timeline:

    Date

    Action

    Progress

    01/21

    Engage School Utilization and Capacity Committee

    Completed

    02/21-08/21

    Develop potential boundary scenarios

    In progress

    9/14/21

    Finalize and share 3-5 boundary scenarios with BOE

    Upcoming

    9/28/21

    Provide final boundary scenarios to BOE for review

    Upcoming

    10/2021

    Announce building principal / facility naming process

    Upcoming

    10/21-11/21

    Hold community feedback meetings

    Upcoming

    12/21

    Present final boundary change recommendation to BOE
    Present and vote on name of new school

    Upcoming

    01/22

    Communicate boundary changes with families and begin transition plan

    Upcoming