With designs finalized on Northbrook/Glenview District 30’s new Maple School last December, and bidding opened on January 24, officials are preparing to approve bids at the district’s board meeting on February 8, with construction expected to begin as soon as March.
D30’s publicity manager, Beth Preis, said its unclear whether the community will turn out in large numbers for the district’s monthly meeting.
“We hardly every get big turnouts for these meetings,” said Preis. “But then again, we’ve never built a new school, so who knows?”
In the meantime, district officials are busily relocating their offices from existing trailers – to be torn down when construction begins – into temporary facilities on the 2nd floor of Northview Bank & Trust Co. at 245 Waukegan Road in Northfield. The district office’s previous mailing address will remain the same.
“We’ve been busily packing during the weekends, sorting through 40 years of boxes,” said Preis. “Some of my coworkers have been here night and day.”
Northbrook Bank & Trust offered District 30 temporary office space to lease during Maple School’s construction, with the use of a kitchen, conference rooms and restrooms at no extra charge. The bank has offered a dramatically reduced price for the office space, and it incorporated a modest monthly payment back to District 30 that will go toward the district’s benevolence fund to support students in need.
“Funds are being judiciously managed,” said Preis. “Our plan has always been to stick within the budget parameters established by the bond referendum in April 2017.
District 30 officials also leaned on a neighboring condominium complex, La Salceda Del Norte, for support during the new Maple School’s construction, set for completion in fall 2019 at a totall cost of $41.5 million.
According to officials, new school construction coupled with continued attendance at the old Maple School leaves limited space for required water detention. To mitigate the problem, District 30 officials reached out to La Salceda Del Norte requesting the use of a retention pond adjacent to the new Maple School construction site. La Salceda Del Norte’s board subsequently voted to support this partnership.
As a sign of appreciation and reciprocity, District 30 will replace the fence that runs between the two properties as part of its overall construction efforts.
In addition to support from private entities, District 30 has partnered with the Village of Northbrook and neighboring District 225 on the new Maple School design.
District 30 and District 225 and GBN have agreed on a land swap to support one of the new Maple School entrances. The two school districts are also working to coordinate parking and redesign student traffic and walking flow.
The Village of Northbrook has worked closely with district officials on the passage of three variances, allowing for the placement of a new parking lot and two decorative fences around the northern perimeter of the new Maple School property.
“We sincerely appreciate the help from Northbrook Bank & Trust Co., La Salceda Del Norte, District 225, and the Village of Northbrook, whose support will significantly assist District 30’s construction efforts,” posted D30’s superintendent, Dr. Brian Wegley, on his blog January 27.
Design renderings and regular updates on Maple School’s construction can be found at www.d30facilities.org.