2018-04-10

  • Board revisits potential school concept in northeast Palatine

    District 15 administration is revisiting the possibility of creating a new school in northeast Palatine in the former Whole Foods location in the Park Place shopping center. The Board of Education approved a preliminary real estate contract with the developer during its April 10, 2019 meeting, with a contingency period in place to allow for a fuller examination of the proposal. 

    The idea of a school in this location has been looked into over the course of the last year. The board withdrew its purchase agreement with the developer in November after the original plan failed to gain needed support from all parties. Since then, Superintendent Dr. Scott Thompson has continued to work with the property owner and the Village of Palatine to create a plan that would meet all of the entities’ approval.

    The latest concept for a potential school is located in a different section of the development. Plans have also been adjusted to allow for a larger playground and play field. The space would accommodate 32 classrooms and would become a K-6 elementary school facility. The added space would allow for full-day kindergarten to be implemented district-wide. 

    Administration will present a more detailed plan, including projected long-term operating costs, at the May 2019 Board of Education meeting. If the board decides not to move forward with the proposal, it can vote to withdraw its agreement without adverse monetary implications.

    The group initially planned on sharing proposals with the public this spring, but the timeline has slowed down to allow more work to continue. Continue to follow the work of the task force by "liking" its Facebook page.