UPDATE: DuPage County Voters Pass Glenbard District 87 Referendum

The below information was updated at 11 p.m. on Tuesday. 

DuPage County voters have approved a referendum that will allow Glenbard District 87 School District administrators to issue $35 million in bonds to improve the district's four high schools, according to unofficial results. 

With all precincts reporting, there were 11,238 total votes in favor of the referendum and 7,888 votes against it, according to unofficial results posted on the DuPage County Election website

View other unofficial results from propositions that appeared Tuesday on the ballot in DuPage County above. 


Karen Chadra contributed to this article

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: A question on Tuesday’s ballot asks voters whether Glenbard District 87 School District administrators should be allowed to issue $35 million in bonds to improve the district's four high schools.

The high schools are between 41 and 87 years old, with Glenbard West being the oldest, according to information provided by District 87 and posted in a Patch article last November. The scope of all near-term projects contemplated by the district is around $100 million, with $65 million to be funded out of the district's operations and maintenance budget.

The Daily Herald reports if voters approve the referendum, taxes will not increase since the district will soon pay off other debt. If the referendum fails, taxes could decrease by $24 for the owner of a $265,500 home starting with the 2018 tax bill, according to the article.

The school board last November approved the following question, which appeared  on Tuesday’s ballot:

"Shall the Board of Education of Glenbard Township High School District Number 87, DuPage County, Illinois, improve the sites of and alter, repair and equip each of the School District’s four high schools – Glenbard East, Glenbard North, Glenbard South and Glenbard West and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $35,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?"

The master facilities plan improvements have been developed over the past three years. Following is some of the proposed work:

Glenbard North High School

  • new tennis courts

  • new cooling tower

  • replace window and door frames and some metal doors

  • refinish main gym floor

  • renovate bathrooms

  • replace flooring in some classrooms

  • replace lighting in auto shop

  • replace roof in certain areas

  • replace auditorium sound system

Glenbard South High School

  • new tennis courts

  • replace roof in some areas

  • refinish main gym floor

  • replace steel doors

  • replace flooring in corridor J

  • replace mechanical variable air volume boxes

  • replace water pipes, ceiling and lights on the lower level

  • replace backstop on the baseball field

  • restore masonry

Glenbard East High School

  • install air conditioning

  • replace asphalt paving and curbs at the south parking lot

  • replace mechanical unit ventilators at north classroom wing

  • replace duct work

  • replace roof in some areas

  • replace some interior and exterior doors

  • replace heat detectors in the two gyms

  • provide ADA compliant entrance ramp to the stadium

  • provide new LED message sign

  • renovate bathrooms in some areas

  • replace and repair lockers in the boys' locker room

Glenbard West High School

  • install air conditioning

  • renovate girls athletic locker rooms

  • renovate bathrooms in some areas

  • replace light fixtures

  • replace flooring in the guidance department

  • sealcoat the parking lot by the stadium

  • replace of power cables to all ceiling mounted projectors

  • clean and fireproof curtains in auditorium

  • replace and repair roof

  • replace interior doors in some areas

  • provide emergency exit at west side of cafeteria

The work would begin after the last day of school in June.

The district recorded a balanced $137 million budget for 2012-13, spends about $14,500 per student annually and maintains more than 1.5 million square feet of space in its four high schools.

Check back to Glen Ellyn Patch for updates from tonight's election results. 

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Dr Silicon March 19, 2014 at 09:21 AM
How people are fooled by a no tax increase referendum... Lets keep voting to not lower our INSANE taxes.
Lee Fruit March 19, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Thank you to the nearly 60% of voters who supported this referendum in order to renovate and improve Glenbard's four high schools, which range from 44-88 years old. This will result in a 0% tax increase to the Bond and Interest Fund line item on the tax bill. This "yes" vote is an indication of the community's commitment to the safety, comfort and academic success of all Glenbard students.


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