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Glenbard Facilities Referendum Passes: What Does This Mean for Taxpayers?

DuPage County voters approved a referendum Tuesday night 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 Tuesday night, 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.
 
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.

So, what does this mean for taxpayers? 

The Daily Herald reports taxes will not increase since the district will soon pay off other debt. This means the homeowner of a $300,000 home will continue to pay $70 of its total $2,278 Glenbard school district tax bill to the bond and interest fund, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Work is expected to start this year and continue over the next decade with the most notable improvements, which include new air-conditioning, happening in the summer of 2016, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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 20, 2014 at 09:23 AM
What it means is our HIGH TAXES DON'T GO DOWN any and irresponsible spending and planning continues.
Think Positive March 20, 2014 at 05:38 PM
I could stomach this easier if it were not for the ridiculous salary and sweetheart benefit plan paid to the superintendent and administrative staff. Pay for teachers and facilities are justified, not for bureaucrats feathering their own retirement beds.
Lorriane March 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM
This referendum was not for irresponsible spending but for aging buildings. I'm not up for a whole new school are u? But think positive, keep a very close eye on the next few school board meetings.
Think Positive March 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Will do thanks for the heads-up. As I said, I support pay for the facilities and boots on the ground in the classroom, we have great schools but need to demand responsible spending and call out waste when we see it.

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