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Construction will affect all five CCSD 89 schools this summer

Construction projects at all five Community Consolidated School District 89 buildings are scheduled to begin on Friday, May 26, the day after the school year ends.

Most schools will be inaccessible

Throughout the summer, the interiors of Arbor View, Glen Crest, Park View, and Westfield will be inaccessible to anyone who is not working on the construction projects.

It is critical that all students clean out their lockers, check the lost-and-found, and bring home medication at the end of this school year. Families will not be able to retrieve items during the summer.

Families are encouraged to stay off of the school’s playground equipment when construction crews are actively working at the school. (At the end of the summer, crews may also be at the buildings on weekends.) Parking lots may also have limited access during the summer.

Anyone who needs to call a staff member during the summer will still be able to use the numbers listed in the online staff directory. Anyone who needs to register for school or make preschool payments during the summer can go to the district office.

Summer school, camps

Summer school will take place June 5 through June 23 at Briar Glen. The front entrance of Briar Glen will also be closed throughout the summer. Prior to June 5, the district will communicate plans for how students will enter the building for summer school classes.

The Spartan basketball and volleyball camps at Glen Crest Middle School will continue this summer. Basketball camps will run from May 30 through June 16. Volleyball will run from June 19 to June 30. More details about the sports camps will be shared closer to summer break.

The first day of the 2023-24 school year for students will be Wednesday, August 23. Staff will return on Monday, August 21.

About the work

The majority of the construction will occur in the summer of 2023 and 2024. A summary of the 2023 construction is available here:

The construction projects were approved when more than 71 percent supported a bond referendum in June 2022. The bonds will allow the district to complete essential health, safety, and accessibility projects at all five CCSD 89 schools. This work will ensure that students can continue to go to school in a safe, accessible, temperature-controlled environment that allows them to focus on their learning.

Many of the systems that will be replaced have been coaxed beyond their expected lifespan, thanks to the work of the CCSD 89 buildings and grounds team. The district will maintain this high level of attention to detail with the new systems so they also last as long as possible.

The district will continue to update the community on the progress of these projects.

Posted: April 24, 2023