CUSD 200 set to approve a new pre-k without referendum.

The next Wheaton-Warrenville, CUSD 200 school board meeting is Wed. 4/11/2018.  The agenda is posted

  • Click on “board of education” -> meeting agenda
  • Cick on the date
  • Then click on items and attachments to see what will be approved / discussed.

Building projects approved

  • At the March meeting, the board approved $2,136,380.00 for work on several buildings (secure entrances, tuckpointing, flooring…) and
  • $1,500,000.00 for the Jefferson escrow account.
  • In April, the plan is to approve $1,148,287.00 for paving and
  • the next phase of the new Jefferson project.


Jefferson estimate

Under action items, Approval to Proceed to the Construction Document Phase for the Early Childhood Center Project, the attachment provided by Legat Architects includes an estimate for the planned new Jefferson pre-school.

  • total construction cost $16,727,445
  • owners’ cost (such as landscaping) $369,675
  • post construction allowance (e.g., furniture) $1,288,125
  • Total estimate $18,385,245 
  • That does not include interest on the loan.


Can CUSD 200 afford it?

Last year, at the end of May 2017, CUSD 200 had less that $7 million in the bank.  At the rate the district is spending this year, what do they expect the balance to be at the end of May 2018?


Last year the $132 million referendum to cover maintenance on the other 19 school buildings as well as a new Jefferson failed.  Now they claim they can pay for a new Jefferson out of reserves and current revenue – without raising taxes.  How can that be?


Law? What Law?

Furthermore the law clearly state that a new building requires a referendum.

“Sec. 10-22.36. Buildings for school purposes. To build or purchase a building for school classroom or instructional purposes upon the approval of a majority of the voters upon the proposition at a referendum held for such purpose…”

Somehow, they have been convinced that the law does not apply.

So what will they decide at Wednesday’s meeting?

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