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District 186 Rebuilding Schools
Out with the old and in with the new, new school that is.
Construction is almost complete on the brand new Enos Elementary. "The learning environment will be much greater, it will be better for the students. Not only that, the teachers will have a better working environment as well," Dave Smith, director of operations and maintenance, said.
Smith is overseeing the construction project. He says in the past amenities like elevators and air conditioners were not available, but that will all change come next school year. "It'll have a library, multipurpose room, an administration section. All the teachers will have their own space," Smith said.
Workers are installing the ventilation system that will be used in the lunch room during phase one, but after phase two, this room will change to the library. "The old building was in great need of repair. The cost to rehabilitating that building was nearly as much as a brand new building would cost," Pete Sherman, District 186's director of communications, said.
He knows the district's financial situation, but says the repairs at the schools are needed. "Any new school brings with it a bunch of benefits that affect physical, mental, and emotional health. Filtered air, natural lighting, more efficient use of space," Sherman said.
Funding is coming from a health life safety bond. Ninety million dollars will go towards installing air conditioning in many of the district's school, while Enos Elementary and Matheny-Withrow are being re-built.
"A community that invests in quality school facilities is making an investment in their children," Sherman said.