D.167 discusses size, cost of new school

2014-03-10T22:45:00Z D.167 discusses size, cost of new schoolBy David P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 10, 2014 10:45 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | School District 167 officials discussed the size and cost of the new middle school scheduled to open in 2016 at Monday's School Board meeting.

Superintendent Valorie Moore read a list of the minimum requirements for the building, which she said is expected to be between 55,000 and 61,000 square feet and cost the district no more than $15 million.

"This (plan) is the minimum. It does not include many dreams, but the dream is to have a great school and that will suffice for all of us," Moore said.

A referendum for the sale of bonds to raise $15.8 million for a new building to replace the current Brookwood Middle School was passed in Nov. 2012. The current school was originally built in 1898 with its last addition constructed in 1958.

Moore's list of needs for the new building included a main office, nurses office, a conference room, computer lab, a STEM lab, three storage rooms, a library, seven small offices, a teachers work room, a teachers lounge, a band room, a music/art room and a custodial workroom.

The board has not yet decided whether to include a gymnasium or a "cafetorium," which would be a hybrid gym and cafeteria that could be used for both purposes.

One point of discussion was the number of classrooms. The board had previously decided it would need 14 or 15 classrooms, but Moore's list Tuesday asked for 24. Board member Janice Barry questioned the need for so many.

Moore said the current school has 207 students. The new building will be designed to handle 100 more.

"We have to build a building for the future, to last at least 100 more years," Moore said. "We're looking long-term, not short-term."

The board voted to approve a move to take a proposal to the village of Glenwood that would allow only emergency vehicles, large vans or semi-trucks into the west entrance of Brookwood Middle School through a right of way that would connect with Eberhardt Avenue.

The piece of land in question is current unincorporated but Glenwood could legally claim it, Armbrust said. If and when the village vacates the land it would become property of the district and be used in the design of the new school.

Architect Alan Armbrust, of STR Partners LLC, made a presentation to the board on the proposed right of way. Armbrust stressed that things were still in the "negotiation phase" with the village.

"(The village) is asking to be able to maintain that access (to Eberhardt Avenue) but they're being flexible about it," Armbrust said.

Armbrust said constructing the right of way could be expected to cost between $5,000 and $7,000 dollars. It could also be built into the school's parking lot, which wouldn't come at any additional cost to the district.

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