After the approval of the April 20-21 referendum, the District began work on the reopening and revisioning of Central School. Working with our architects at STR, the community input and design process began immediately. On April 22nd and May 6th, community input meetings were held with parents, community members, as well as teachers and staff. The District also has engaged with the Village, Park District, Library as well as the police and fire departments regarding the reopening of Central School. A survey was also sent to staff and families to provide input for the design process. The District designated a Core Design Team of teachers, staff, administration, Board members, and parents to work with our architects on laying out overarching design features of Central School and incorporating teacher, staff, parent, and community input. The Design Team consists of the following members:
Patrick Kerrigan (Board Member), Bethany Martino (Board Member), Dr. Anthony McConnell (Superintendent), Barbara Germany (Business Manager/CSBO), Pat Crean (Director of Operations), Ryan Talaga (OW Assistant Principal), Steve Nendza (OQ Assistant Principal), Dana Pitlik (Teacher), Rebecca Tayor (Teacher), Matthew Doherty (Parent), and Jordan Smuksta (Parent).
As the core design process winds down, there are many other decisions to be made in the months to come. However, we were excited to begin major construction with our groundbreaking on August 25th.
Central School Groundbreaking
On Wednesday August 25, District 113A held a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovations to Central School. We are thrilled to be starting this project for our school community. Reopening Central will help the district reduce class sizes as well as allow the space needed to add a full-day kindergarten program.