WHEATON – St. Michael Parish School in Wheaton has been given the green light to build an addition to provide for a more secure entry.
At their June 4 meeting, Wheaton City Council members approved amending the city's ordinance to allow for the construction of a 345-square-foot addition at the northwest corner of the building, renovating the existing front offices and nurse's station, moving a bathroom and constructing a new covered entry and walkway.
The proposal would "create a more visible, secure school entry," Wheaton City Manager Michael Dzugan told City Council members. St. Michael Parish School is at 314 W. Willow Ave.
The school's architectural firm explained the need for the addition in a letter to Wheaton Planning and Economic Development Director Jim Kozik.
"The main purpose of this renovation and addition is to address the current need for a visible and secure vestibule at the entry of the school," Derrick Architecture President Christopher Derrick said in the letter. "With the current state of affairs in schools, the school and its parents would like to address this lack of security and upgrade the protection of their students. With the proposed addition, we would be primarily addressing the security issue while providing an aesthetically pleasing improvement to the west elevation of the school (facing West Street)."
The addition will contain architectural elements and materials that are in keeping with the building's design to "provide a pleasing transitionary entrance to the school," Derrick said.