Yorkville High School is getting some upgrades. And don't worry, they shouldn't impact traffic when school starts Wednesday.
Construction began on Aug. 3 at Yorkville High School and a construction crew is working to ensure that the half mile road to the south of YHS, that will accommodate daily student and bus traffic, will be ready when school begins.
The rest of the cleared space will soon be home to a full-size football field and two soccer fields, providing practice space to sports teams as well as the marching band.
“The benefits of this new space are far-reaching,” said Buildings and Ground Director, Brian DeBolt. “Beyond alleviating traffic and congestion, many YHS students will use the new facilities.”
This is merely the first phase of the ongoing project recently approved by the Yorkville School District 115 School Board.
In coming weeks, construction will commence on other sections of the property and continue throughout the school year. A 6,000 square-foot addition to the Library Resource Center will reenergize the area with new computer labs, an on-site classroom, and large open spaces for students to cooperate on class projects, conduct individual research, or read independently.
A new athletic entrance and lobby make access to, and travel within, the building easier. Four new glass staircases will reduce overcrowding and are easily supervised by staff. Beginning next summer, renovations to classrooms, learning stairs and other internal remodeling will begin.
As has always been his goal, Mr. DeBolt emphasizes that cost-saving remains a priority during this construction project. Such measures include recycling demolished sidewalks and parking lot sections and reusing the materials as part of the new road base and securing a used bridge for a student walkway.
The District is focused on efficient use of its resources and committed to investing in the Yorkville community. “The community prospers because the project involves local contractors,” noted Mr. DeBolt. “Many of the people involved live in local communities, bringing money back to Kendall County.”
The new building will enhance the learning environment for Yorkville students and align with the district goal of empowering 21st century learners.
Special thanks to Yorkville 115 for the information and photos.