Bond Proposal: How did we get here
Community engagement initiative to develop recommendations on the best way to implement the vision of the U-46 Board of Education.
At a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, the U-46 Board of Education unanimously approved a referendum question on the April 4th ballot. The decision came after months of work by the Unite U-46 community initiative, including public engagement sessions, a building tour, open houses, and surveys of residents.
The decision to move forward with the Unite U-46 community initiative is a result of the District's Educational Facility Master Plan process that began in early 2020. This process assessed our infrastructure, classrooms, and overall facility use, efficiency, and readiness in order to meet the District’s vision of:
- Moving to a true middle school model (grades 6-8 versus only 7 and 8)
- Using the space in elementary schools to expand early childhood opportunities across U-46
- Replacing and/or renovating some of our older elementary school buildings to provide equitable access to learning environments that support academic success for all
For more about the Unite U-46 community engagement process, visit u-46.org/UniteU46. A summary report of the work is available here.
Our Facility Master Plan webpage available here explains the work by the DLR Group, the Chicago-based design firm selected to complete this work.