GLENWOOD | The Brookwood School District 167 Board approved a tentative site plan for the middle school at Tuesday's meeting.
The district chose the third of four options presented by architectural firm STR Partners LLC for the building, which is scheduled to open in 2016. The plan features bus lanes in front of the building off of Glenwood Lansing Rd. with drop-off areas for parents in the rear.
The plan also keeps a one-acre play area, where students will potentially have physical education classes, away from the busy street corner of Glenwood Dyer and Glenwood Lansing Roads. That was a priority of Superintendent Valorie Moore, Board Member Janice Barry said. Moore was not at Tuesday's meeting.
"It's the safest plan," Architecht Alan Armbrust said. "Safety depends on the bus traffic, the parent drop-off traffic, parking traffic for employees and potential threats from off our site, if traffic from one of the main thoroughfares goes awry."
The spot reserved for the footprint of the school is 39,730 square feet in the northeast corner of the school's land near the intersection of Glenwood Lansing Rd. and Rhodes Ave. An additional 11,000 square feet of room adjacent to that spot was left for construction to be phased in, if necessary.
"This plan is not set in stone. Changes can be made," Vice President John Dixon said.
The plan will be submitted to the Glenwood village board Thursday to be considered at its meeting next Tuesday. It will then be submitted to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago before a May 1 deadline.
Meeting the MWRD's deadline would allow the plan to be grandfathered into current regulations, saving up to $500,000. If that cutoff is not met, the site would have to contain all rainwater within itself. That would require underground retention, Barry said.
The board also discussed a provisional schedule of meetings with STR through late June to discuss and make design decisions.