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Choices loom on D-300 property

Published: Saturday, May 3, 2014 11:46 p.m. CDT

CARPENTERSVILLE – In between ongoing renovations and new construction, District 300 officials will eventually have to make another decision on a newly-acquired building that could help manage growing enrollment.

The Carpentersville-based school district could use the building they acquired earlier this year from the Children’s Home and Aid society for additional parking or invest money and convert it to classroom space, said Chuck Bumbales, assistant superintendent of operations.

The district received the building, located next to Parkview Elementary in Carpentersville, as part of the $750,000 sale of its current Oak Ridge School site. The children’s society has already started making improvements to that site after swapping properties with District 300.

“There are many different options we could use,” Bumbales said. “We just need to determine which one is the best for us.”

That determination likely won’t be made soon.

District administrators already are occupied with a $1.174 million renovation that converts their current central office to a permanent school for Oak Ridge students to use by the fall.

They also started initial construction work next to Jacobs High School on a new administrative building, which should be ready by early 2015. The children’s society, meanwhile, doesn’t have to vacate its current building near Parkview until next spring, according to terms of the property deal.

With all the activity, District 300 likely won’t make decisions on its new property until summer 2015, Bumbales said

“We will really look at the viability of that building, whether we could convert it to something. ... We’ve talked about potentially razing the building and using it for parking,” he said. “There’s so many different options. We just haven’t gotten there yet.”

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