www.cusd200.org February 16, 2018
Board Meeting Highlights
February 14, 2018 at Whittier Elementary
Board seeks community feedback on new strategic plan, Vision 2022
As the District’s current strategic plan, Vision 2018, comes to an end, the Board is planning for the future. Together with staff, they've drafted Vision 2022, a roadmap for the next four years. Community members are invited to attend a presentation and discussion to offer feedback as we finalize the plan.
Much like the use of Engage 200, a community engagement program that led to the development of Vision 2018, two community feedback opportunities are being offered on Tuesday, March 13 - the first at 10:00 a.m. at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville or at 7:00 p.m. at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton to develop Vision 2022. While there is no need to RSVP, if you have questions, you are welcome to contact us at 630-682-2469 or at email@example.com.
Board hears projected summer work
During Superintendent Dr. Schuler’s report to the Board, he shared projected summer facilities projects that include secure entries at eight schools and capital development projects like paving, flooring and roofing at twelve schools. Budgeted at approximately $4.2 million, projects will go out to bid in the next few weeks and will come before the Board’s approval later this spring.
The summer projects reflect the priorities the Board set following the April 2017 referendum and continues to demonstrate the commitment to addressing critical projects throughout the District.
While the District is taking some meaningful steps to address facility needs, there are still a significant number of capital projects that remain. The Board is expected to pay for Summer 2018 projects through a combination of fund balance (savings) and the 2018-19 Budget.
Board discusses lease agreement for new early childhood center
At their January meeting, following a review of the schematic design of the new Jefferson Early Childhood Center, the Board approved moving forward with the next phase of the project, design development. Design development incorporates the baseline schematic design and moves to an even greater detail on all aspects of the building including all engineering systems, finishes, site development and updated cost estimates. Pictures of the current design are available on the District website.
On Wednesday night, the Board continued their discussion on the structure for the lease agreement for the building. The Board is expected to enter into a lease agreement with Zions Bank for the new building on the existing site. The District will act as agent of the Lessor to construct the building. It is anticipated that lease certificates, in evidence of the lease agreement, will be sold later in 2018 via a competitive sale to provide the remaining proceeds for construction. The District will utilize a portion of proceeds from a previous capital development grant and annually budget an allocation from operating funds to make the lease certificate payments. Upon completion of the lease certificate payments, the District would have the option to acquire the title to the building through a final payment of $1. The length of the lease certificate payback has not been finalized, but would not exceed 20 years. The District will own the land on which the Building is constructed through the term of the lease, and will have full and absolute right to use, control, manage, maintain, and operate the building throughout the lease as if the District owned the building.
The Board heard a presentation regarding the lease agreement process at their January meeting. The presentation is available for view here. The project timeline assumes breaking ground on the new building in August 2018 and opening for students for the 2019-20 School Year.
Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations