Lincolnshire schools undergo extensive summer repair projects
Updated: September 17, 2012 12:14PM
LINCOLNSHIRE — District 103 schools have been busy preparing the buildings and classrooms for the upcoming academic year.
“We are excited about the new year and look forward to students starting on Aug. 22,” Superintendent Scott H. Warren said.
Stevenson High School has been busy preparing, as well. Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey said Stevenson builds summer improvements into its budget each summer. Projects this summer have cost around $5 million.
“We need to keep the building running smoothly,” Conrey said.
This summer, improvements have focused on the West building, the older of the two. Renovations to modernize the science rooms have been a priority. There have been no major renovations of the science department since the building’s opening in 1965.
There will be seven new science labs.
“We are fundamentally changing the layout of the rooms. This will provide easier teaching techniques and much more storage space,” Conrey said.
Stevenson is also conforming to the “Area of Rescue Assistance Code,” which many schools in Illinois have already done.
These areas have “direct access to an exit, where people who are unable to use stairs may remain temporarily in safety to await further instructions or assistance during emergency evacuation,” according to the Illinois Accessibility Code.
This project will last about three years and encompass 38 different areas.
Other projects include the renovation of four math rooms, continuing carpet replacement, fixing the entrance sign to the Performing Arts Center, replacing heating and air-conditioning units and replacing the bleachers at the varsity baseball stadium.
Lincolnshire’s elementary and middle schools have also prepared for the return of the students.
“We have been very busy this summer with various projects, including hiring new teachers, support staff, and administrators, completing curriculum work, installing air conditioning and a new roof at Sprague, repairing the parking lot at Half Day, getting ready for our new lunch program in all buildings, and converting our new (website) domain to www.d103.org,” Warren said.
Laura B. Sprague School has undergone extensive renovations, including a new roof, air conditioning, plumbing, lighting, ceilings and new furniture, Principal Christy Adler said.
“With these updates, the Sprague learning environments will be comfortable and conducive to learning no matter what the temperatures soar to in the early fall and late spring,” Adler said.
Julie Bodeen joins Daniel Wright Middle School as its new assistant principal.
“Daniel Wright students and staff are excited for a terrific start to the school year, with nine new faculty members and approximately 25 new students. We also look forward to welcoming our incoming fifth graders,” Principal Margaret St. Claire said.