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McHenry School District 15 continues additions, elimination of mobile classrooms

Construction started in June at Hilltop Elementary School

Construction workers lays bricks while working on an addition at Hilltop Elementary School in McHenry Thursday, July 23, 2015. McHenry School District 15 is doing renovations to properties including additions at Hilltop and Duker schools. They are adding five classrooms at Hilltop and two at Duker and a Library Media Center at Duker.
Construction workers lays bricks while working on an addition at Hilltop Elementary School in McHenry Thursday, July 23, 2015. McHenry School District 15 is doing renovations to properties including additions at Hilltop and Duker schools. They are adding five classrooms at Hilltop and two at Duker and a Library Media Center at Duker.

McHENRY – McHenry School District 15 will see some changes in the upcoming school year as it eliminates mobile classrooms and makes additions to several elementary schools.

Construction started in June at Hilltop Elementary School, 2615 W. Lincoln Road, and Chauncey H. Duker School, 3711 W. Kane Ave., said Mark Bertolozzi, chief financial officer for McHenry School District 15.

Additions on the schools will be replacing the two mobile units at Hilltop and the three at Duker, Bertolozzi said.

The mobile classrooms have been used for about 20 years, Bertolozzi said, and are in good condition, but given their age, he said it was a good time to eliminate them and expand.

Project architects and engineers determined the trailers weren’t salvageable, Bertolozzi said.

The board has wanted to remove the mobile classrooms for years, but held off on the project because of the economy and fiscal condition in
Illinois, he said.

“This won’t put us in a financial bind,” Bertolozzi said of completing the projects.

The cost for the additions at Hilltop and Duker schools is about $2.87 million, Bertolozzi said.

Duker’s addition at the southwest corner of the school will include 5,860 square feet that will include two classrooms and a library media center, Bertolozzi said.

A 6,800-square-foot addition will add five classrooms to Hilltop, he said. The additions will be made on the south and north end of the school.

The additions should be finished by January, Bertolozzi said. In the meantime, some classes will stay in the mobile classrooms and some will be relocated to classrooms in the school when the mobile units are demolished.

Stuckey Construction Company, 2020 N. Lewis Ave., Waukegan, is building the additions at both Hilltop and Duker, Bertolozzi said.

Plans for more additions are being made to eliminate the seven mobile classrooms at Valley View Elementary School, 6515 Route 120, and three at Edgebrook Elementary School, 701 N. Green St., Bertolozzi said.

An expansion of the parking lot at Valley View already has started and will be done by the time school starts, he said.

“I think the schools will look a whole lot better,” Bertolozzi said of the additions.

He said the district still is working on the details of the size of the additions at both schools, and bids for the projects still have to be approved by the school board.

Bid approval is likely to happen at the Aug. 11 board meeting, Bertolozzi said.

He said some students will remain in the mobile classrooms at Valley View during the upcoming school year because they need the space for classes.

Work on Valley View and Edgebrook is expected to start in September, Bertolozzi said.

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