The construction project at Memorial School in Tinley Park is expected to be completed for the start of the next school year in August. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 2, 2014 6:02AM
Memorial School in Tinley Park is undergoing its fifth construction project since it was built in 1961.
The current project is the final phase to complete the expansion and modernization begun in the 2010 phase. Previous phases were completed under budget, according to a news release from Community Consolidated School District 146.
A 40 percent increase in the student body from about 240 students in 2009 to nearly 350 students has spurred the construction.
“Our student body has grown substantially over the past several years. We are certainly in need of new instructional space,” Principal Mike Donovan said.
The project is expected to be completed for the start of the 2014-15 school year.
“The current project is running very well and is expected to be completed on time and on budget,” Donovan said recently in the release. “Our students and families will really benefit from the additional space created by this project. It is an exciting time here at Memorial.”
District 146 finance director Jeff Charleston said no additional taxes would be used to fund the project.
“Although this is a large project, it is important to understand that the district is paying for the construction from the district’s reserves,” Charleston said.
Included in the project are new rooms to serve more early learning students, extra classrooms for art classes, separate work areas for English language learners and learning behavior specialist classes, a media center addition, air conditioning in the gym, and larger bathrooms.
“The new space is going to be a very welcomed change by students and teachers,” Donovan said. “It will certainly make a positive impact on our Memorial community. We are all elated about the changes. It is a great time to be an Eagle.”
Construction progress can be followed on the school’s Facebook page. Visit Memorial’s home page at www.district146.org/static.asp?path=2854 for a direct link.