GLENWOOD | Brookwood Elementary School District 167 will host a forum in February, the first in a series to update stakeholders on the progress of the new middle school project.
"Our overall goal is to provide updates on accomplishments regarding the middle school construction and to address questions from our parents and community," Superintendent Valorie Moore said.
"As we proceed in the construction of our new middle school, it is the Brookwood School District 167 Board of Education's goal to provide forums for updates to our community and parents on a regular basis regarding the accomplishments of the middle school construction as well as challenges," Moore added.
The first forum will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Brookwood Middle School gym. The School Board approved the forums at its January meeting.
Voters approved a November 2012 referendum for the sale of bonds to raise $15.8 million for a new building to replace Brookwood Middle School. There have since been some challenges, including the discovery that a portion of the proposed plot of land the new school would be built on at Eberhardt Avenue was owned not by the school district but by the village of Glenwood.
The School Board also voted in November to find a new construction manager for the project. It's taken requests for quotes but has not yet named a new construction manager.
Moore said the forum will provide an update on the challenges with the Eberhardt street right of way.
"It is the hope that the (Glenwood) Village Board will vacate their interest in that right of way so as to allow the new middle school, sidewalks, access driveways and retention pond to be placed within the whole space, all of which had previously been thought to belong to the Brookwood School District, in a manner the architect determines will operate within the design of the new middle school," Moore said.
The original timetable for the new middle school project, laid out by Moore's predecessor Pamela Hollich, called for the building to open in the fall of 2016.