John M. Rodgers, Ed. D
Superintendent of Schools
The Board of Education Starts Deliberations Concerning the Capital Development Grant
On Thursday, February 16, 2012, Governor Quinn held a press conference to announce the release of $623 million in capital funds to school districts statewide as part of the Illinois Jobs Now!
Plan. District 201-U is one of 31 school districts that will receive funding to build new schools, classroom additions, and make renovations to aging buildings. The district is set to receive these funds as a result of a school construction grant that was applied for in 2003. During this time, the district was running a referendum and considering building a new high school and a new elementary school; the grant was to help subsidize the cost of construction. Eight years later, we have received notification that the application was approved and that the district will be awarded funds. Although we have completed the construction projects listed in the original grant, the funds from the state can be applied to the debt that was created in building the schools or can be applied toward other projects related to maintenance, renovation, or repairs of existing properties.
It is very important to note that we have not received this grant money yet and we have been given no indication from the state when the money may arrive; however, the Board and administration will be proactive and begin to have discussions to plan for receipt of the funds.
On March 7, 2012 the Board will have its monthly Finance Committee Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at 1500 Sangamon, Crete, IL. The main agenda item will be a presentation from the administration to the Board concerning preliminary facts and information that they should understand and consider before committing to specific plans regarding this grant. The administration will also present initial recommendations for the Board to consider.
The Board of Education is committed to having discussion with the public in the near future about the planning and recommendation process for the expenditures of these future funds.