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Evergreen Park 124 school board approves millions in bonds for project

SD124 Supt. Robert Machak | File Photo

SD124 Supt. Robert Machak | File Photo

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Updated: November 7, 2013 6:48AM



The Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 board voted unanimously to approve a resolution in favor of issuing $7.5 million in bonds for renovating Central Junior High School.

The move is part of the district’s plan to restructure the sixth grade, renovate Central Junior High School and move the district office off-site.

At a special meeting Wednesday, FGM Architect’s Mike Eichorn presented the plan and timeline for the renovation of Central High School to accommodate the sixth grade classes moving into the building. The plan includes creating a science wing, and having the latest and greatest in security features.

It also would include a new digital media center for the library and move administration and reception to the building’s north side. Phased renovations would start next summer and finish in August 2015.

Eichorn also laid out a plan to renovate the building at 2929 W. 87th St. into the District 124 offices. The 8,900 square-foot site would be transformed from its former funeral home use to a place for the superintendent and other staff in the district. Construction would happen in February, March and April 2014. Staff would move in May 2014.

The cost of the plan is estimated between $6.5 and $8.1 million.

Supt. Robert Machak said that if the project exceeds $7.5 million, the district will be able to use up to $1 million in reserves.

Machak previously said that the plan has been in the works for nearly two decades.

Machak said moving the sixth-grade classes from all four elementary schools into Central will make it a “true” Junior High School.

“It’s a large expenditure up front,” Machak said. “But if we didn’t think it would benefit the children academically we wouldn’t be doing it.”

The district already has made an offer on a commercial property in Evergreen Park. While the 2015-16 school year seems far off, Machak said there are things that need to be done soon.

“The $8.1 million is on the higher side,” Machak said. “We don’t anticipate going above
$8 million.”



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