Master Facilities

Master Facilities Plan Background, Updates, and

Frequently Asked Questions

Background

FY 2015-2016

In February of 2016, a group of parents, staff members and administrators worked collaboratively with the District 20 Board of Education to develop a three-year strategic plan to guide the District through the 2018 – 2019 school year. One of the six strategic plan themes was the focus on Finance and Facilities. The goal of this theme included the continual and proactive monitoring of District 20 finances, fund balances and budget to assure fiscal stability.* It also included the goal to update a long-range plan for all schools and implement recommendations from the plan to create 21st Century Learning Environments.

FY 2016-2017

Working with the architecture design firm, StudioGC, a Facilities Master Plan was developed in collaboration with parents, students, teachers, administrators and community members.

FY 2017-2018

Facility project priorities were developed during several meetings with the Keeneyville Elementary School District 20 Board of Education, administrators, and StudioGC. Once priorities were in place, estimated costs were realized. District administration, along with the District 20 Finance Committee, carefully examined how to finance projects. From the priority list, it was decided to focus on the list below to provide a safe learning environment, followed by a focus on Future Ready learning environments for all District 20 students.

*Keeneyville Elementary School District 20 has consistently received recognition for financial stability and is on the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Financial Recognition list, which is the highest rating a school district can receive.

Financial profile from the past three years: (on a 4.0 scale)

FY 15   4.00

FY 16   3.80

FY 17   3.90

Timeline

Project

Estimated Cost

Summer 2018

Final Roofing Project (Life Safety)

$689,965

Summer 2019

Greenbrook Traffic Reconfiguration (Safety)

$359,817

Summer 2019

Waterbury Traffic Reconfiguration (Safety)

$360,102

Summer 2019

Greenbrook LRC Future Ready

$453,589

Summer 2019

Waterbury LRC Future Ready

$236,850

Summer 2019

Spring Wood LRC Future Ready

$204,343

Summer 2019

Engineering/Architect/Other

$143,414

 

Total:

$2,448,080

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the need?

Current Roofing Projects Summarized

The existing roofs are over 20 years old and through a Life/Safety study completed by StudioGC it was determined to replace the roofs at all three school buildings. During the summer of 2018, Greenbrook, Waterbury and Spring Wood roofs will be completely replaced. This project has a 30-year warranty.

Description of Current Traffic Issues at Greenbrook and Waterbury Elementary Schools

The safety of our students is of utmost importance. Both Greenbrook and Waterbury have had significant traffic issues, with pick-up and drop-off of students. The traffic has increased at both schools as more parents drive students to school, especially during inclement weather. The District 20 Board is working with StudioGC to develop a configuration that will create a separate bus drop-off, as well as additional barriers between students walking and parents driving.

Description of the Need to Modernize Learning Resource Centers (LRC/Libraries)

The libraries at all schools in Keeneyville are original construction. As District 20 continues to move towards a more collaborative, flexible and technology-oriented learning environment, the spaces at the buildings need to be updated. The District 20 Board decided to focus on the libraries first as all students have an opportunity almost every day to access the library. By creating spaces that excite and energize District 20 students for learning, we do a better job meeting our mission to “ignite the power and potential of each student”.

How will projects be funded?

  • At the June 21, 2018 rescheduled Regular Board of Education meeting, the Keeneyville Elementary School District 20 Board of Education unanimously approved the adoption of a resolution declaring the intention to issue $6,000,000 in bonds for the purpose to increase the Working Cash Fund of District 20.
  • The intent resolution is good for three years.  Like a line of credit, these funds can be used as needed over the three-year period.  The District will ONLY issue $2.4 million for the traffic safety projects at Greenbrook and Waterbury and the Learning Resource Centers’ (LRC) renovations at Greenbrook, Waterbury, and Spring Wood for the 18-19 and 19-20 school years.
  • District 20 has authority under the Debt Service Extension base to issue up to $9.7 million in Working Cash Fund bonds.

What is a bond?

  • Working Cash Fund Bonds are used to increase an Illinois school district’s working cash fund.  The bonds will be issued under the District’s Debt Service Extension Base (DSEB) or non-referendum borrowing authority. This DSEB was created in 1994 when tax caps came into DuPage County. These funds allow districts to finance long-term life safety and capital improvement projects.

What does the issuance of a bond mean to District 20 taxpayers?

  • The bond issue will not increase taxes. Currently taxpayers pay .239 cents per $1,000 equalized assessed value on outstanding bonds. This equates to about $187.00 on a $250,000 home. This will not change with the issuance of these bonds.  It will stay the same through the year 2031.

Projected Timeline to Establish Finances:

  • During the June 21 Keeneyville Elementary School District 20 Board of Education Meeting, the Board will adopt a Resolution of Intent to Issue Working Cash Fund Bonds.
  • During the July 19 Keeneyville Elementary School District 20 Board of Education meeting, the Board will have a Bond Information Notification Act (BINA) Hearing.
  • During the August 16 Keeneyville Elementary School District 20 Board of Education meeting, the Board will approve the Bond Resolution to issue Working Cash Fund Bonds for $2.448 million for proposed projects.

Projected Construction Timeline

  • District administration is working collaboratively with staff and students on the LRC renovations projects.
  • Working with the District’s architect, schematic designs will be completed by September, 2018.
  • District 20 will go out for bid on these projects in November, 2018.
  • The traffic safety project will begin at both Greenbrook and Waterbury in the summer of 2019. The LRC construction will be completed over two summers in 2019 and 2020.