District 214’s $45 million development proposal includes new facilities for schools along with Community Help Center

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The $45 million capital project of Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, developed by a District Task Force based on community feedback, district budget and existing infrastructure, will renovate and build new facilities for most of its schools. The proposal was submitted to the Board of Education on Aug. 21, reports Dailyherald.com

“Due to the fiscal stewardship of the Board, we have the opportunity to identify significant capital projects that will help enhance the teaching and learning environment at each of our schools,” said District 214 superintendent Dr. David R. Schuler.

The Prospect High School plan includes an aquatic facility, fine and performing arts storage, renovation of commons area and theater, and security vestibule installation. John Hersey High School development recommendations include expansion and renovation of the academic resource center, outdoor storage area, career life skills program space, driveway and parking lot, and four-tier classrooms, as well as the construction of additional fine and performing arts storage and improvements to stadium accessibility.

Both Elk Grove High School and Wheeling High School will get auxiliary gyms and $50,000 security vestibule installations. In addition, Elk Grove plans include new fine and performing arts storage, synthetic turf installation in the stadium and renovation of outdoor storage and theater. Plans also include an additional music wing as well as aquatic facility renovation at Wheeling High.

The recommendation for Buffalo Grove High School includes construction of a music wing, literacy lab renovation and outdoor storage renovation and expansion. Proposals for Rolling Meadows High School include the construction of additional fine and performing arts storage, a black box theater, installation of similar security vestibules, outdoor storage renovation as well as the allocation of funds for new musical instruments.

The project will kick off in summer 2015 with Hersey High and Prospect High School construction, followed by Elk Grove and Wheeling High Schools in summer 2016, with Buffalo Grove and Rolling Meadows developments scheduled for 2017.

In addition, there is a proposal to build a community help center on the land behind Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2025 S. Goebbert Rd., adjacent to Forest View Educational Center. Functions of the center will include serving as the church’s food pantry and housing a community closet stocked with donations, reports Dailyherald.com. The Task Force has also stressed the importance of allocating funds for ongoing infrastructure works including roofing, paving, and hardscaping.

The school board will discuss the recommendations at its board meeting on Sept. 4 and determine a plan of action accordingly.

Schuler said that legislative decisions affecting future district funding as well as changes to construction costs over time may lead to the modification or scaling down of the project.

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