District 41 Referendum Funds Being Put to Use

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In March 2020 voters approved a $30.7 million bond referendum to allow Lake Villa Community Consolidated School District 41 to pay for much needed improvements for the maintenance and infrastructure for our District’s schools. While the past school year has been spent navigating the vastly different circumstances of teaching during the pandemic, the administration has been just as busy preparing for various improvements over the next few years.

On September 14, 2020 the Board of Education moved forward with the first phase of these projects by approving the issue of $24.6 million of 15-year bonds. This funding will allow us to start the projects we plan on completing in summer 2021 and summer 2022. Our objective is to complete as many projects as possible over breaks in school to limit the impact to students and staff. Here is what is scheduled to complete this summer: 

At Hooper school

  • Install ADA compliant lifts near the stage
  • Renovate student bathrooms and teacher’s lounges
  • Install new HVAC roof top units 
  • Add a new Conference Room

At Palombi school

  • Install new auditorium and gym sound system
  • Install ADA compliant lifts near the stage
  • Install new HVAC roof top units
  • Replace the public address and clock systems
  • Install a new generator

At Palombi, Hooper and Martin schools

  • Repair and/or replace roofs (Thompson’s was replaced last year)
  • Reconfigure rooms to address space needs
  • Partial floor replacements (Palombi and Martin only)

Additionally, all 4 of our schools have used the opportunity with remote learning to install efficient LED lighting this year. These projects have already provided the school district with $100,000.00 in incentives from Com Ed, and will continue to generate savings to the district for years to come. We are also planning many other projects for all of our schools during summer 2022 including the parking lot and bus lot reconfiguration at Hooper. You can follow our progress on the District 41 website as pictures will be posted to show various stages of the work as it occurs. The Board again would like to thank our community for investing in the education of our students and providing our excellent teachers with the best learning and teaching environment we possibly can. 

Achieving Excellence Takes Everyone!