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Dist. 115 to Seek Student, Parent and Community Support for High School Expansion Design Plan

Superintendent Scott Wakeley would like to present a design draft to school board members by the Oct. 15 meeting and have an approved design concept by the Oct. 22 meeting.

When all is said and done, nearly 100 people will help guide the design plans for the expansion project.

leaders hope to have a committee in place by October consisting of the Concept 3 Architects design team, District 115 school board members, and Yorkville High School department chairs and staff. Added to the mix will be 20 students, five from each grade level, five parents from the high school, two parents from each of the other district’s school buildings, and at least 10 non-parents from the community.

“This steering group is really going to be talking about the needs of the school,” Superintendent Scott Wakeley said. “There’s a fine line you walk. We want something that is usable currently but also designed in a way that will support 21st century learning.”

In September, school officials will meet with a smaller advisory group consisting of administrators and department chairs to talk about the expansion.

"The board has seen some preliminary plans from different architects which gave us some general ideas of some things they could do," Wakeley said. "We have some obvious space issues in terms of the number of classrooms and the building’s infrastructure. The stairwells were built for 900 and we’re packing 1,200 in them.”

Wakeley hopes that after the October steering group meeting, he can present a design draft to school board members by the Oct. 15 meeting and have an approved design concept by the Oct. 22 meeting.

School officials would like to be able to fund the first part of the project, which would cover the addition of classrooms. The other phases include eventually adding a fieldhouse and an auditorium to the school.

“But our primary need is dealing with that academic core,” Wakeley said. “We’re hopeful that by using our own reserves and the construction grant money from the state that we have yet to receive but told we’re getting, we’ll be able to pay for the first phase without going to the taxpayers.”

He said the auditorium and fieldhouse would likely require taxpayer support.

“And that’s not something the board is interested in doing now,” Wakeley said. “We have enough to do right now with the core academic area.”

Tim August 27, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Good luck. You all are living in a community with residents that are trying to reduce tax rates by 20% across the board. They have no concept of what they are actually asking for, and have no idea what to cut, other than they want to cut it all. Good luck trying to reason with those who don't feel the need to use reason at all.
joel frieders August 27, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Way to add to the conversation Tim!
Greg O'Neil August 27, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Before expanding buildings at enormous cost to the taxpayer, why not explore expanding the school day beyond 6 1/2 hours, the work week to six days, the work year to reflect the rest of society, and maybe the use of technology to allow a few courses to include at home on-line instruction that would reduce the overcrowding issue without the endless spending on a broken educational model. This is the direction taxpayers want the districts to take. Anyone can see that overcrowding is the result of under utilization of the facilities and technology we have already paid for. Its time to change the way we deliver educational services that is efficient, effective and affordable.
Katy K August 27, 2012 at 08:48 PM
What about moving the HS kids to the middle school and vice versa? It's just a thought.
Sylvia Anderson August 27, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I wouldn't worry about enlarging the stairwells, because with our taxes constantly increasing by leaps and bounds, there will be so many families moving out of Yorkville, the student population will drop dramatically.
blue gil August 27, 2012 at 09:14 PM
i'm with tim, build, and tax...build, and tax...after all it's for the children....let's not stop until the average family home is taxed at $18,000 a year...anything for the kids, c'mon people...and let's add to the superintendents pay....$500,000/year, so we can get the best in the country....$250,000/year for teachers for the same reason....let's not stop there, let's do the same for the park districts...after all it's for the children....and that senior center in oswego? let's get them $2,000,000/year to operate...nothing but the best for our elderly...did i miss anybody?
Vilnis Jakobsons August 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I believe our school officials are not looking to the future. This community is not growing,its stagnant. How many homes are in forclosure? How many families are moving to Yorkville? Think! After the next couple years of High school graduations, the class rooms will be half empty, and the homeowners still be paying for the empty classrooms, and the high salaries of school administration.
Bob Saget August 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Thats a good idea, but the middle school doesn't have the space to support the HS classes. IMO, the HS has much more room than the middle school.
Laura Bee August 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Wakeley said. “We’re hopeful that by using our own reserves and the construction grant money from the state that we have yet to receive but told we’re getting, we’ll be able to pay for the first phase without going to the taxpayers.” Typical District thinking.Spent what we have saved, for emergencies (wouldn't want to have any funds laying around, because later we can just get it from the tax payers). And, let's spend it before we get it attitude. Hello! We live in one of the most financially troubled states in the Country. I don't see this being a "Need" when there is space available in other buildings. We are in an economic crisis, act like it ! Make do with what we have. Also note,He talks about not going to the tax payers for the "First Phase"Is that supposed to sound good ? If I were to have someone translate that it would really say : "HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS TAXPAYERS BECAUSE WE WILL BE KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR SOON!" STOP THIS CRAZY SPENDING ! ! ! Our Districts don't have the funds, Kendall County does not have the funds, the State of Illinois does not have the funds.And, most of all, the tax payers, "We the people" do not have the funds. Every entity above is in the red. Where is this way of thinking coming from? There is a really great class down the hall Wakeley, it's called Math. Start with 2nd grade math, they could figure out we don't have enough. Superintendent Wakeley This is not only obsurd, it's quite simply discusting.
Oswego 1969 August 28, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Blue Gil What rhe hell are you talking about? Laura Bee, learn to spell.
Todd Milliron August 28, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Someone needs to post the CUSD #115 enrollment numbers, class by class, grade by grade; those are the official numbers we have to send into the state. That is what is used to calculate the amount of funding the state contributes. If my recollection is correct that official number is done on or around the 6th to 10th day that class is held in CUSD #115. Then I would like to see what the state has helped to fund in CUSD #115 over the past 5 years. Then we must decide that we probably cannot count on what has been funded in the past by the state. Decide to work with some partial percentage to get a realistic projection going forward into the future. I was a Yorkville Music Booster for 9 years & to date I have not seen any CUSD #115 graduating class yet, that got smaller in number than the class that graduated ahead of it. CUSD #115 just entered into a new 3-year contract with our teachers, so our hands are tied by binding contract for salary and benefits for the next 3 years. In my opinion, CUSD #115 is in better shape than the Oswego School District, we have not had to heat new vacant buildings. Of note, if One is so inclined one can start circulating their candidate's nominating petition for School Board, Township, or City/Village elected official positions on Sept. 25th. The Consolidated Election is always non-partisan; no party affiliation is required to get on the ballot. It takes only 50 signatures to get on the ballot for School Board, much less than that for Township.
Laura Bee August 28, 2012 at 01:47 AM
@Oswego 1969......9 times out of 10 I pop on here from my phone in between doing other things. My apologies for any misspellings, but I don't have a lot of time to play online. But, I'm sure the general idea is still portrayed. Looks like you could use some spellcheck yourself, good thing you didn't write much more. Thank you for your vital in put here. You have made such a difference.
Kibitzer August 28, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I came across this comment today. Made sense to me. "The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Greek philosopher, Plato, said these words 2400 years ago. All this constant spending by people who have only their jobs in mind, and perhaps jobs of friends/relatives, is so disturbing that there are no words to adequately explain the disaster that has hit our nation, State, county, and town. There is much more to disturb those of us with conservative views coming down the road. And the evil people laugh, and laugh, and laugh.
blue gil August 29, 2012 at 01:01 PM
oswego 1969...i was just stating that we should keep tax increases growing so we can get the very best (educational administration/staff, and care for the elderly) this country has to offer for all the children, and the elderly in our community (that's been the mentality of so many local communities across the nation)..of course at the end we wind up with nothing...i was being sarcastic in the previous post
blue gil August 29, 2012 at 01:12 PM
kibitzer, well put...and furthermore i'm wondering if there are no conservatives. once elected, they feel the high of governmental power and the high of all its' benefits. Toftoy brought in Joe Arpaio last year for a fundraiser picnic. can't get any more conservative than that. now Toftoy, and his deputy, have been exposed in the papers for living the high life off the county credit cards. kendall county has been ruled by representatives of the alledged conservative party (GOP) since its' inception. take a look at your tax bills to see how conservatives have been behaving. just think what your tax bill would be if the liberals took over. is all lost?

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