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Proposed Capital Projects and Financing Options; Educational Programming, Safety and Security, and Facility Improvements Projects Summary
A summary of the proposed projects and financing options are explained below. A detailed description can be accessed by viewing the attachment.
Examples of projects addressing educational programming include updating three Benjamin Middle School science labs, purchasing two portable science labs for Evergreen Elementary School, renovating the Evergreen Elementary School cafeteria to also serve as a large-group instruction room, upgrading the technology infrastructure, and replacing the student computer devices.
Samples of safety and security projects include reconfiguring the Evergreen Elementary School front entrance to better control entry to the building, upgrading the burglar system and interfacing it with the security system at both schools, and installing an elevator/lift at Benjamin Middle School so there is access to the second floor for students, staff, and visitors with mobility issues. Also, specified sections of the roofs and blacktop/playgrounds that are nearing life expectancy would be replaced.
The one facility project is to replace the interior fluorescent light fixtures with LED fixtures that are much more energy efficient and last longer.
Every five to six years bonds have been sold to fund capital projects since the needs exceed the annual budget revenue. In 2005 bonds were used to pay for phase 1 of the heating and air conditioning project for sections of both schools. The remaining parts of the schools except the middle school large gym were completed in phase 2 in 2012 along with security projects. In 2017-2018, there will be the opportunity to sell bonds and lower the debt service tax rate by about 6 %. An owner of a house assessed at $250,000 would experience an estimated $73 annual tax decrease.
We are now offering enrollment in our preschool for the 2016-2017 school year to children in our district who are three or four years old. The Benjamin District 25 Preschool serves children age’s three to five and is consistent with the district’s inclusion philosophy. The Evergreen preschool will include children with special needs, children considered at risk of academic difficulties, and tuition-based students. Tuition based students are students who are not at risk of academic difficulty. The program is five-days a week, class taught by certified teachers with early childhood endorsements. A speech-language pathologist and other educational specialists assist the teachers, as needed. Children also attend music, physical education, library story time, and technology classes taught by district certified staff members.
All students must go through the Preschool Screening process in order to be eligible for the Evergreen Preschool program. Students must be three years old.
Registration is currently open for the tuition based students and enrollment will be decided through a lottery system due to a limited space. The tuition-based program costs a total of $2000.00 per year. Payment schedule:
1st payment – Time of Registration
2nd payment – August 1st
3rd payment – October 1st
4th payment – December 1st
Names will be drawn after August 26 and you will be notified by mail.
Benjamin students are high achieving in academics, leadership, graduation rate, extra-curricular participation, attendance, and behavior throughout their high school career as shown by the results compiled by Community High School. Our students excel at other high schools including St. Francis and Wheaton Academy.
I am pleased to inform you that Mike Fitzgerald has been named the 2015-2016 Middle School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association (IPA) DuPage Region. What a wonderful honor to Mike and to the many talented staff in Benjamin School District 25! This is a tribute to Mike's skills and experience along with the contributions of our students, faculty, parents, and community to make this honor possible.
Attached is a news release with additional information.
Benjamin School District 25 has earned a Digital Learning Award for its outstanding use of the Knovation Content Collection to personalize learning with reliable and engaging online resources. News release is attached.
The Illinois State Board of Education has released the PARCC district- and school-level results. The attached file explains the process of how Benjamin School District 25 measures student growth.
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