By Terry Dean
The District 97 Board of Education last week approved its annual budget for summer capital projects. Roughly $3 million worth of work is scheduled for eight of the 10 schools for summer 2011.
Percy Julian Middle School and Irving Elementary School have no work scheduled. The work includes construction at Lincoln School, 1111 S. Grove Ave., to add more classroom space to address overcrowding.
Federal stimulus funds via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will cover costs for the new classrooms. About 40 students and their teachers are using a mobile classroom unit for this year only. It is located in the school's playground.
Along with constructing two new classrooms, a secured entrance will be built that will require anyone entering the building to go through the main office. Work is expected to be completed by the 2011-2012 school year.
Capital projects at other schools include: auditorium roof repair at Holmes, 508 N. Kenilworth Ave. ($80,000); restroom remodeling at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, 325 S. Kenilworth Ave. ($100,000); and repairs to transformer vaults at four schools ranging from about $6,000 to roughly $29,000.