Thirty-three speakers addressed District 90 officials Monday, with commentary that was for and against the district's current plan. Reduced parking spaces in the school's North lot was a primary topic of discussion, as well as the plaza proposed for students to gather at a new 7th and 8th grade entrance, which would also serve as outdoor instructional space, according to the release.
There were suggestions to expand the original planning committee to include additional community representatives, and to consider the needs of senior citizens who use the library.
According to the strategic action plan established for the project, the board will need to reactivate the Roosevelt Exterior Committee, a sub-committee of the Board of Education, with expanded membership to reflect broader viewpoints about the proposed project, according to the release.
Board of Education President Patrick Meyer said, “It has been inspiring to see the community galvanized into action to discuss a school-related project.”
He added that “while the decision about whether to approve the proposed project must be made by the Board of Education, input from all affected stakeholders is extremely important because certain aspects of the proposed changes may have an impact on others."
He said board members hope to approve a plan by the end of the year or early next year.
The Committee will review the current version of the proposed plan and suggest refinements to the project. It is anticipated that the modified project proposal will be presented for a vote at the Dec. 13 board meeting.
Information courtesy of a news release from River Forest School District 90.