Saturday, 5 December 2020

District 21 referendum, if approved, would bankroll $69 million in security and building improvements

Later this fall, voters in Community Consolidated School District 21 will have the final say on whether the district should borrow $69 million in bonds, which, school officials said, are needed to finance critical security upgrades and other building improvements.

If District 21 voters approve the referendum during the upcoming Nov. 6 election, a large portion of the $69 million bond issuance would go toward remodeling the entrances to the district’s 13 elementary and middle schools at a time when mass shootings across the country have put an increased focus on school security.

Some of the bond proceeds also would allow officials to retrofit classrooms that can accommodate a switch to full-day kindergarten, which District 21 board members recently have started discussing, said Superintendent Michael Connolly.

“The primary and most important reason for this referendum is to improve safety and security at our school buildings, which requires a profound redesign,” Connolly said.


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