Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Options
The Administration and Board of Education at District 146 has been considering possible facility options for the Full-Day Kindergarten program anticipated for the fall of 2018.
There are currently three options being considered. The District has been hosting forums to discuss these options with our families and community members. Below you will find a brief summary of each option.
When all Community Forums are complete, considerations compiled from each Forum will be posted.
Option 1: Construction would occur at Fierke, Fulton, Kruse, and Memorial to add enough classroom space to house Pre-K through 5th grade students.
Up-Front Cost: $13,790,000
Recurring Costs: $291,200
Option 2: A new pod would be constructed at CMS. Fifth grade students would be moved from the elementary schools to the new self-contained pod at CMS. This would make space available for Pre-K through 4th grade at each elementary.
Up-Front Cost: $9,400,000
Recurring Costs: $360,500 - $376,800
Option 3: There are two possibilities within Option 3. One is to renovate/add on to the Administration Center to house the Pre-Kindergarten Program. The other is to construct a new Pre-Kindergarten Center at the Sandidge site.
Up-Front Cost: $12 - $13 million (Remodeling Ad Center for Pre-K and building a new Ad Center at Sandidge)
Up-Front Cost to build a Pre-K Center at Sandidge is unknown, but less.
Recurring Costs: $303,500 - $478,040
Option 1 Answers
1. Additional classroom space would be built at all four elementary schools. Cafeterias would be added at Fierke, Kruse and Memorial. Additional classroom space for music and art would also be added to Kruse and Fierke.
2. Construction would require 19-24 months, and would occur simultaneously at all schools, in three towns. The construction may occur during school hours and could possibly have an impact on traffic, recess, etc.
3. Bus and car traffic would increase along with student enrollment.
4. Adding on to each school would utilize much of the available land at Fulton and Memorial, impacting future expansion.
5. The up-front costs would be $13,790,000. Recurring operating costs would be $291,200 annually.
Option 2 Answers
1. No. The classroom space created from moving 5th grade students to CMS would create enough space at each elementary to house the full-day kindergarten program. It would also provide extra space at Fierke and Kruse for music and art, and at Memorial for resource and student services space. Existing space at the elementary schools may need to be reconfigured to appropriately house certain classes.
2. The biggest change would be the location of classes. The in-class experience would be very similar to 5th grade in the elementary schools. Students would have a core teacher and would only move between classes for music, art and PE. Art and music would be offered every other day while PE would be offered every day. Students would be divided into three or four teams, depending on enrollment, to keep the class size comparable to those in the elementary schools. Students will have a recess period following lunch, as they do in the elementary schools.
3. Because 5th grade students would already be housed at CMS, the transition will be easier. Students will already be familiar with the campus and the middle school culture, the primary change during the transition to 6th grade would be moving between teachers for classes.
4. For one year, 4th and 5th grade students would share those roles that have traditionally been reserved for 5th grade students. After that, the 4th grade students will take on those leadership roles in the elementary schools.
5. It would include 12 classrooms, an all-purpose room for PE and lunch, resource rooms, restrooms, teachers’ office space, and entrances/exits for 5th grade students.
6. Yes. Clubs would be available at CMS, along with the possibility of more options for 5th grade students. Some clubs would be specifically for 5th grade students, while others would integrate 5th grade with 6th grade, and possibly 7th and 8th when appropriate.
7. Yes, The same special services and advanced classes would be available at CMS. Ivy League would also be available for students.
8. The 5th grade wing would be self-contained. No grades at CMS pass through the halls at the same time as another grade. All CMS students, 5th through 8th grade, would ride the same busses together. Some clubs would also integrate multiple grades.
9. The total enrollment could be more than 1,000 students. This would add bus and car traffic during drop-off and pick-up hours at the school.
10. Construction of the new facility space would require 18-24 months. The new pod would be constructed west of the current gymnasiums, so there would be little to no disruption of learning if construction occurs during school hours.
11. The up-front costs would be $9,400,000. Recurring operating costs would be $360,500-$376,800 annually.
Option 3 Answers
1. No. Currently, Pre-Kindergarten classes are held at each elementary school. Moving the classes to a central location would create enough space at each elementary to house kindergarten through 5th grade. Existing space at the elementary schools may need to be reconfigured to appropriately house certain classes.
2. In Option 3a, construction could begin as soon as possible and could occur year-round. Because Option 3b includes construction of a new attendance center, a referendum would need to be passed. The next opportunity get a referendum on the ballot is March 2018. Although planning could begin, no construction can happen until the referendum is passed.
3. In Option 3a, Fulton and the new Pre-Kindergarten Center would share a campus. Bus and car traffic would increase. However, the District could stagger start times to limit the traffic congestion. Option 3b would have no affect on traffic at the existing schools.
4. Staff currently housed at the Administration Center would be moved to temporary office space until permanent facilities could be constructed on the Sandidge property.
5. The Pre-Kindergarten program is grant-funded. If the state every ceases funding, the Pre-Kindergarten building could be left vacant. The state is also interested in offering funding for full-day Pre-Kindergarten classes. This funding would also be grant-based and the District would have to apply. Our current program is award winning, so our likelihood of keeping the grant is high but not guaranteed.
6. The upfront costs for remodeling the Ad Center for Pre-K and building a new Ad Center at Sandidge would be approximately $12 - $13 million. The up-front cost to build a Pre-K Center at Sandidge is unknown, but less.
Recurring operating costs would be about $303,500 - $478,040 annually.