New Elementary School Info
On September 26, 2016, after careful consideration, the Lisle Board of Education selected the Meadows site for a new Early Childhood through Fifth Grade school to replace the current aging elementary facilities. There were a number of influencing factors, but as a result of the extensive and valued community input, as well as the professional data collection process, the Board of Education is confident that the Meadows site, which is already owned by the District, is the most prudent location to create a learning environment that will serve Lisle 202 elementary students for generations to come.
Over the course of five community engagement sessions during the Vision 202: Chapter 2 community engagement process from January-May 2016, the School District shared information about the state of each of the district facilities in terms of physical condition as well as each building’s ability to support educational delivery. More than 180 participants learned that the Junior High and High Schools are in good condition. While there are some improvements that are needed or suggested, these items will not require a significant capital investment. The District will be able to complete many of these improvements over the next few years.
However, the situation is different when considering the elementary schools. Based on the facilities review, the architects determined that there are costly improvements that must be made to the physical structure at these facilities over the next ten years. It was also determined that there are a number of recommended adjustments to optimize the learning environments at both schools in order to best meet the needs of today’s teaching and learning.
After considering all the information and options, the majority of Vision 202 community participants recommended that the Board of Education consider replacing the current elementary buildings with one new Early Childhood-5 Elementary School at the Meadows location.
Over the 2016-2017 school year, Lisle 202 began working with architects from Perkins & Will to continue essential research and begin the planning process for the new facility. We are hoping to break ground in the summer of 2018 and are targeting the school to be open for the 2019/2020 school year. Information about the progress of the project will be shared throughout the process.
This is a decision that has been made with great care and consideration for our students, staff, and community. On behalf of the Lisle Board of Education, we thank you for your support!