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Education

Downers Grove District 58 to vote on creating master facility plan

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 is expected to move ahead with the creation of a master facility plan at its Oct. 10 meeting.
Downers Grove Grade School District 58 is expected to move ahead with the creation of a master facility plan at its Oct. 10 meeting.

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove Grade School District 58 is expected to move ahead with the creation of a master facility plan at its Oct. 10 meeting.

The Board of Education is scheduled to consider a recommendation by Assistant Superintendent for Business Todd Drafall to spend $23,000 to initiate the process with Wight & Co., the district’s architect.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. at Downers Grove Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave.

“The district has approved a plan to deliver, by August 2019, a master facility plan to the Board of Education for its consideration,” Drafall said in a memo to Superintendent Kari Cremascoli. “The first two steps are the foundation steps to the remainder of the plan and as such need to start immediately to make the time frame that the development team established this last summer and the board approved at its September meeting.”

The district’s recently approved strategic plan includes a goal to “create and act upon a master facility plan to update facilities,” he said.

Wight has prepared a cost estimate and scope of work for the first two steps of the plan development, Drafall said.

Step one, the vision process, which includes a vision workshop for the district's facility planning council and engagement sessions with staff and community members, will cost $8,000, according to the proposal. The subsequent step, the creation of a comprehensive facility assessment report, has a cost of $15,000, Drafall said.

The facility planning council met for the first time Sept. 25, and it will hold a visioning meeting Oct. 16, said Megan Hewitt, the district's community relations coordinator. The council is comprised of teachers, administrators and community members.

"The process involves engagement of all aspects of the District 58 community," Drafall said in an email. "We will first engage the facility planning council in a visioning process, then we will engage other community members including staff and parents in a similar process to create a new vision of what tomorrow’s education will look like in District 58."

Key priorities that will be considered during the creation of a master faciliy plan include enhancing school safety, adding air conditioning and transitioning sixth grade to the middle schools. Class size and enrollment projections also are important considerations, district officials said.

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