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.
Board Presentation Videos:
Engage School Utilization and Capacity Committee
February 2021-September 2021
Develop potential boundary scenarios
October 12, 2021
Finalize and share 3-5 boundary scenarios with BOE
Announce facility naming process (Administrative Procedure - Naming Facilities)
October 26, 2021
Provide final boundary scenarios to BOE for review
Announce building principal
October 2021-November 2021
Hold community feedback meetings
Present final boundary change recommendation to BOE
Communicate boundary changes with families and begin transition plan
February 8, 2022
Present building name to Board of Education
February 22, 2022
Board of Education votes on building name