Evanston/Skokie School District 65 has scheduled capital improvements at 10 schools this summer including asbestos removal and security improvements.
The parent drop-off lane at Willard School at 2700 Hurd Ave. will add a cut out to improve safety.
The main entrances to the King Arts and Washington schools will be reconfigured to create a double vestibule entrance for school security.
Seven schools – Chute, Dawes, Haven, Kingsley, Oakton, Orrington and Walker – will have asbestos removed.
An administration report to the school board on Feb. 5 noted $105.2 million in required and recommended capital improvements based on a 10-year life safety study ($38.3 million) and a District Master Building Work Summary ($66.9 million).
The administration ranked projects based on several criteria, including emphasis on buildings that have not received recent upgrades and repairs, priority to areas with greatest and most urgent need and projects that ensure a safe, orderly and modern learning environment.
The referendum approved by voters in April 2017 includes an allocation of $1,025,000 per year for life safety and capital projects. The cost for this year’s projects is estimated at $1,020,000.