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Glenbard 87 Superintendent: $35 Million Referendum Needed to Finance 'Critical Repairs, Renovations'

"Strong schools result in a quality community."  

We have all heard this when someone is describing the importance of what strong schools mean to a community. 

We know the caliber of the local school system greatly impacts a community’s property values, business climate and the overall perceived quality of life within the community.  

Glenbard Township High School District 87 has a longstanding tradition of adding excellence and value to the greater community. 

Critical to continuing that reputation and legacy is ensuring that we are maintaining and continuing to invest in our facilities. 

On March 18, we will ask voters to approve issuing $35 million in bonds to help finance critical repairs and renovations to our four high schools. 

These bonds, which would replace bonds that are expiring, would be structured to ensure there is zero increase in our Bond & Interest Fund tax rate. 

The referendum is focused on the following areas:

Student Learning and Achievement

  • Classroom renovations/additions, including science labs
  • Facilities must match 21st century learning
  • Technology infrastructure investment

Maintaining a Community Asset

  • Upgrades/renovations needed for aging community buildings
  • Quality high schools contribute to property values.
  • High schools used by park districts, colleges, religious organizations and more 

Health, Safety and Security

  • Security upgrades to entrances, access and systems to support student safety
  • New HVAC systems would provide improved ventilation for a healthier learning environment
  • Improved handicap accessibility

Fiscal Stewardship

  • Replacement of bonds will complement budgeted operational funds to address critical facility needs.  
  • Utility savings from upgraded energy systems
  • Balanced budget
  • Financial recognition status by state

The referendum would help fund projects that will ensure Glenbard high schools continue to be a key factor in advancing the quality reputation of our greater community. Learn more about the referendum at glenbard87.org and be sure to vote on March 18.

David F. Larson, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Glenbard Township High School District 87

Brad Rosley, CFP® February 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM
It's nice to have good schools. What if you took the money needed from a bloated payroll filled with too many admin people, overpaid employees ( nurses, Divers Ed teachers, etc.)?
Lorriane February 11, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Unfortunately you can't just get rid of these employees because of a strong union. You mess with that and you'll get a strike on your hands. However we have aging schools in this district and the work they have outlined is not frivolous and appears needed. They are having information meetings at the schools now so you can see for yourself
Jennifer Fondel February 13, 2014 at 08:15 AM
$35 million in repairs? That's a lot of money. Any responsible home or business owner knows they need to have money in reserves for repairs and replacements. How much is already in reserves for repairs? Or is it just easier to think, "we'll just wait to finish paying on the one bond, and then ask the tax payers to keep paying taxes, so we can get another one. After all, we're not 'raising' taxes." I'd love to have a luxury like that. When we needed a new furnace and didn't have enough saved to cover the costs, we had to forfeit a luxury. Like extra dinners, weekend trips, etc. What is the district willing to forfeit to help cover these costs. The "extras." The things that don't impact the necessity of our children's education and a safe place to be educated?
Lorriane February 13, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Why don't you go attend the meetings and the tours they have been having. They have about 5 million a year in the budget for repairs but we are talking 4 huge buildings that have leaking roofs and boilers over 40 years old. You can either put band aids on this stuff or take it out if the kids education operating expenses. 35 million in repairs for 4 huge old buildings isn't outrageous. Take a look at the science labs in these schools. Absolutely pathetic
Jennifer Fondel February 13, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Certainly these problems didn't creep up overnight. How much of that $5 mill is used annually and how much has been placed in reserves? Or, is there are reserve of $x millions and, including that, we need extra $$$? These are valid questions. The science labs didn't become "pathetic" overnight. And, I'm not saying they shouldn't be improved. My son is actively involved in the science program and I'm incredibly impressed with what he's learned. I'd like to see that standard held when my daughter arrives. My question is simple: How much money has been put aside already to cover the costs of repairs and upgrades?

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