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Who's already in line for state construction money
By John Patterso | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 10/13/2009 12:02 AM

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SPRINGFIELD - The Daily Herald recently requested to go over the paperwork that 40 local school districts filed in recent years seeking state construction help. In some cases, the requests were detailed; in others, vague and incomplete.

Below are summaries compiled after inspecting Illinois State Board of Education records. Keep in mind these are all old requests and in several cases, the districts went ahead and did the construction using local funds. Now, however, the schools may be eligible for state assistance even though the projects are finished.

2003 budget year:

Antioch Elementary District 34

Add 12 classrooms, other space to Hillcrest Elementary School.

Estimated cost: $4,476,880

Estimated state share: $1,566,880

Bensenville Elementary District 2

Replace aging school buildings.

Estimated cost: $22,908,671

Estimated state share: $8,018,035

Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200

New middle school, renovate Hubble Middle School, renovations at Wheaton Warrenville South High School.

Estimated cost: $24,162,095

Estimated state share: $4,513,400

Freemont Elementary District 79

New buildings to accommodate enrollment growth.

Estimated cost: $15,000,000

Estimated state share: $5,250,000

Huntley Unit District 158

Construction to accommodate enrollment growth.

Estimated cost: $50,000,000

Estimated state share: $17,500,000

Maine Township High School District 207

Remodeling and construction at Maine West, South high schools.

Estimated cost: $11,750,726

Estimated state share: $3,873,061

Mount Prospect Elementary District 57

Six new classrooms for Lincoln Junior High School.

Estimated cost: $3,000,000

Estimated state share: $785,540

Mundelein High School District 120

Buy land for new classroom and multipurpose building plus addition to high school.

Estimated cost: $54,476,270

Estimated state share: $9,671,274

St. Charles Unit District 303

Response to St. Charles East High School closure due to mold.

Estimated cost: $37,929,000

Estimated state share: $13,278,000

Warren Township High School District 121

Add 35 classrooms to Almond Road High School, four classrooms at O'Plaine Road Campus and maintenance elsewhere.

Estimated cost: $15,653,320

Estimated state share: $5,171,362

Waukegan Unit District 60

Relocate arts program, revamp school to use as a K-5th grade neighborhood school.

Estimated cost: $8,432,100

Estimated state share: $3,204,022

Wheeling Township Elementary District 21

Add classrooms to elementary school and middle school.

Estimated cost: $1,650,000

Estimated state share: no information provided

Budget Year 2004:

Dundee Township-based Unit District 300 (Carpentersville)

Estimated cost: $100,000,000 total for unspecified projects.

No other details provided.

Hawthorn Elementary District 73

New buildings and additions on North Campus.

Estimated cost: $36,061,199

Estimated state share: $9,272,237

Wood Dale Elementary District 7

Replace aging buildings.

Estimated cost: $2,200,781

Estimated state share: $770,273

Budget Year 2005:

Batavia Unit District 101

All details, figures to be determined.

Bloomingdale Elementary District 13

Correct structural faults in Westfield Middle School gym walls.

Estimated cost: $1,562,000

Estimated state share: $546,700

*District seeking emergency status.

Grayslake Elementary District 46

K-8 school for 1,200 students.

Estimated cost: $31,195,000

Estimated state share: $9,822,793

Fox Lake Elementary District 114

Safety, health issues. No additional information.

Estimated cost: $385,000

Fremont Elementary District 79

No details included with application.

Gavin Elementary District 37

No details included with application

Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41

No details included with application.

Hinsdale Elementary District 181

No information provided other than evaluation of existing facilities.

Round Lake Area Unit District 116

Replace Magee Middle School with a new, 45-classroom school for 1,125 students.

Estimated cost: $23,596,867

Estimated state share: $17,697,650

St. Charles Unit District 303

New elementary building and additional middle school and an addition to North High School.

Estimated cost: $39,650,000

Estimated state share: $13,877,500

West Chicago Elementary District 33

Six classrooms at Wegner Elementary to accommodate new subdivision.

District had $670,000 set aside for construction. No other details about costs included with application.

Westmont Unit District 201

Demolish and reconstruct aging Manning Elementary School.

Estimated cost: $4,120,000

Estimated state share: $1,442,000

Budget Year 2006:

Huntley Unit District 158

No details included with application.

Indian Prairie Unit District 204

New high school.

Estimated cost: $105,400,000

No details on state share.

Lake Villa Elementary District 41

Middle school project to be determined.

Milburn Elementary District 24

New K-8 building for fast-growing area northeast of Gurnee.

Estimated cost: $20,000,000

Estimated state share: $4,000,000

Budget Year 2007:

Antioch Elementary District 34

No details included with application.

Estimated cost: $48,825,659

Elmhurst Unit District 205

*Original $41 million unspecified project was updated in May to include a list of "shovel ready" projects totaling $70,550,000. That list includes: $15 million renovation of Field School, $20 million to replace aging buildings, addition at Emerson School, renovations at Madison Early Childhood Center, replace York Stadium

No details on estimated state share.

Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211

Additions for James B. Conant, Schaumburg, and Hoffman Estates High Schools.

No financial information provided in application.

Budget Year 2008:

Geneva Unit District 304

Long-term maintenance issues at Heartland Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Geneva Middle School - South, Western Avenue Elementary, Harrison Elementary, Geneva High School.

Estimated cost: $33,990,000

Estimated state share: $11,896,500

Williamsburg Elementary School construction.

Estimated cost: $23,000,000

Estimated state share: $8,050,000

Fabyan Elementary School construction.

Estimated cost: $23,000,000

Estimated state share: $8,050,000

Replace Coultrap Elementary School.

Estimated cost: $23,000,000

Estimated state share: $8,050,000

Grass Lake Elementary District 36

Replace aging buildings to accommodate increasing growth within the northern corridor of Lake County.

Estimated cost: $8,700,000

No additional information included.

Budget Year 2009:

Grant High School District 124

Construction to address enrollment growth.

Details to be determined.

Gurnee Elementary District 56

Replace school in flood plain.

Estimated cost: $38,576,400

Budget Year 2010:

St. Charles Unit District 303

Replace Haines Middle School, Thompson Middle School, Davis Elementary School and improvements to Wredling Middle School.

Estimated cost: $114,000,000

River Trails Elementary District 26

Renovations throughout River Trails Middle School, Indian Grove Elementary School, Euclid Elementary School, Parkview School and administrative office, Nipper School

Estimated cost: $7,821,379

Other finances to be determined.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education records