GLENWOOD | The Brookwood School District 167 School Board on Monday approved the final draft of an intergovernmental agreement with the village of Glenwood in the next step toward building a new middle school.
The Village Board will vote on the agreement tonight and, if it is approved, will vacate Eberhardt Avenue for D.167.
"We welcome the partnership (with the village) because we are ready, as a school district, to build a new middle school for our kids, for our staff, because you deserve it," Superintendent Valorie Moore said. "This will seal the deal (on the arrangement with the village)."
The district will be responsible for repairing and paving the street, which is located just behind the middle school property, as part of the agreement.
A gate will be built where Eberhardt Avenue meets the new school's parking lot. The village will have a key to that gate to allow it access for emergency vehicles.
Originally, the village asked for the gate to be open at all times but the district felt it would be a safety issue for kids at play or in physical education classes in or near the parking lot. In the agreement approved Monday, the village will have open access to the road only after 10 p.m., Moore said.
"We figured (after 10 p.m.) was a safe time because no one is here, unless they're in a board meeting, except for our kids," Moore said.
The village will still have a key to the gate for emergency use during the day, Moore said.
The other change in the current draft was the length of time D.167 would be responsible for the road. Glenwood wanted the language to indicate the district would hold permanent responsibility. Brookwood D.167 will be responsible for 90 years in the current version of the accord.
The board also held it's annual officer elections. Former Vice President John Dixon is now president, swapping seats with former President Deborah Birmingham. Secretary Lorrie Wheeler retained her position.