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Flossmoor’s Parker Junior High School adding classrooms

Updated: March 7, 2014 12:47PM



Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor will be adding eight classrooms and a science lab over the next 18 months.

The school board has approved the project, which will cost about $7.5 million, and the village board has amended a special use zoning permit to allow for the work.

Construction is set to start this summer and take about a year to complete, according to project architect Matt Toepper.

“We have some teachers who don’t have a designated classroom,” said Pam Majewski, confidential associate to the superintendent of Flossmoor District 161. “They’re on a cart, so they go from one classroom to another and never really have a home. That is our main reason, to get them in a classroom for themselves.”

The project will add 16,000 square feet to the school, 2810 School St., along with a 2,500-square-foot storage facility, more parking and a new one-way, semicircular drive for buses.

“It will help us empty the buses quicker (from the school lot) so they won’t back up, which will alleviate the backup on Flossmoor Road faster,” Police Chief Michael Pulec said, adding that widening the school’s exit onto Flossmoor Road will also help with traffic flow.

The school expansion will mean the removal of the current playground and outdoor courts and fields, Toepper said. He said that instead of designated sports fields, the remaining green space will be used as all-purpose fields, with movable equipment that can facilitate the physical education curriculum.

And an underground drainage system should take care of the water that now pools on the playing fields when it rains, Toepper said.

“We’re trying to mitigate the (water) issues out there as much as possible,” he said.

The drainage system should be completed first, followed by the extra classrooms and, by summer 2015, the parking lot and storage facility, Toepper said.



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