GLEN ELLYN – Glen Ellyn School District 41 is moving ahead to hire an architect after voters in April narrowly approved a $24.2 million bond referendum.
The majority of District 41 Board of Education members on May 15 authorized Cheryl Witham, the district's assistant superintendent for finance, facilities and operations, to enter into negotiations with Wight and Company. Once contract negotiations are complete, a contract will be presented to the board for approval.
Board members also approved a short-term agreement with Wight to cover expenses while the district negotiates the contract. All fees incurred during the agreement will be deducted from the contract amounts.
The referendum was narrowly approved, receiving 2,666 "yes" votes to 2,656 "no" votes – a difference of 10 votes. The referendum will fund a two-story addition that will replace the 10 portable classrooms at Hadley Junior High School and include a new music space.
The referendum also will pay for infrastructure and roofing improvements at Hadley, as well as a bus lane on district property designed to reduce traffic congestion in the neighborhood. Americans with Disabilities Act entrances to the school's bathrooms also would be funded through the referendum.
The work at Hadley is estimated to cost $17 million, while another $7.2 million is earmarked for work at the district's four elementary schools as part of the referendum, including ADA-accessible entrances to bathrooms, infrastructure and roof repair, a secure entrance at Churchill Elementary School and increased lunch capacity at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School.