updated set of drawings and budget estimates was reviewed by the Board at its
August 19 meeting. The Roosevelt
Exterior Project Planning Committee, which includes Roosevelt faculty, staff,
and parent representatives, has continued to provide feedback. Board members
and District administrators met on August 21 with representatives of
stakeholder organizations, who reviewed the draft plans and shared additional
comments, concerns, and suggestions. The meeting included the River Forest
Public Library, River Forest Park District, River Forest Tennis Club, and the
Village of River Forest. Additional key stakeholders, including local residents
and other invested community members, have been invited to meet with Board
members and District administrators on September 24 to discuss plan revisions
and provide their input.
"While it is our goal to come to resolution on this project by the end of the calendar year, the Board will take whatever time is necessary to ensure that the best interests of Roosevelt's students and the community are fully considered," said Board President Patrick Meyer.
The revised plans presented to the
Board on August 19 represented a $313,000 cost reduction from plans that were
reviewed in May. Some of the major changes that resulted in the lower costs
were changing new walks from pavers to concrete, reducing the quality of
fencing to the minimum required by Village ordinance, eliminating a Rain Garden
and replacing it with an underground stormwater catch basin, and other
reductions and eliminations of proposed project elements.
The District has posted all plans and activities related to the project on its website at district90.org, including updated drawings and budget estimates.