Before moving forward with decisions regarding expansion of full-day kindergarten and preschool possibilities in District 15, The Board of Education is waiting to hear if a storefront space at Rand and Dundee Roads can be re-zoned as a school.
The discussion comes after the board's initial purchase of a vacant retail space June 6, citing its potential as a possible home for full-day kindergarten and preschool district-wide.
At its June 6 meeting, the board was presented with two options to implement full-day kindergarten and preschool across the school district:
1. Building additional classrooms onto seven D15 elementary schools;
2. Acquiring a former storefront at Dundee and Rand Roads and converting the space into a school. This space would have enough room for 22 classrooms, a multipurpose room, kitchen & office space, as well as an outdoor playground area.
The board has not made any decisions at this time, but would like to continue to explore both options presented. In order to continue investigating the possibility of using the storefront space as a school, the board approved its initial purchase.
The board has until early November to conduct its due diligence to determine if it wants to move forward with the acquisition. The district can withdraw from the agreement at any time without any adverse (monetary) consequence.
Additional conversation on the topic will occur at future Board of Education meetings. The full presentation to the board is available to view online.