D65 Board to weigh capacity proposals at 3 schools

The Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board will continue tonight to deal with over-capacity issues at some of its schools as a result of the rejection by voters in March of a proposal to fund construction of a new elementary school in the 5th Ward.

Tonight, the Board agenda includes a discussion of space management at Lincolnwood Elementary and Havens and Nichols middle schools.

The administration is proposing the addition of two classrooms at Lincolnwood by moving an emotionally disabled (ED) class from Lincolnwood to Kingsley and by converting an existing office/conference space to a classroom.

At Haven Middle School, the proposal  is to add a four-classroom addition, convert an existing space or move drama to the auditorium, create a secure entrance, and expand the cafeteria.

At Nichols Middle School, a six-classroom addition is proposed, plus an expansion of the cafeteria, creation of a secure entrance, and renovation of the library.

The improvements at these three schools would cost an estimated $26 million through the 2016-2017 school year, which would use up practically all of the district’s funding capacity, according to administration projections.


Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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