In the end it all came down to parking, and with that issue left open, the District 90 school board Monday will decide whether exterior renovations will take place next year at Roosevelt Middle School in River Forest.
The subcommittee studying the entire project could not reach consensus on the most contentious issue - whether to provide 20 or 27 parking spaces - and so the panel, made up of 16 residents and staff, on Monday, Dec. 9, opted to leave that up to the school board, said Roman Ebert, chair of the board's facilities committee.
"We couldn't come up with one specific consensus and not everyone could agree on one option," Ebert said. "So we're going to give the board two options. They'll be the deciders."
A couple of other minor loose ends still need to be finished, but the subcommittee is comfortable with the cost of the project, now listed at close to $1.2 million, Ebert said.
The school board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the multipurpose room at Roosevelt Middle School. The room is just off the North lot.
In addition to cost and questions about necessity, parking has drawn considerable criticism about the project's viability.
Twenty was the number of spaces floated during a community forum on the exterior project this fall. Twenty-seven seemed to be a logical half-way point between 20 and 33 that now exist in the lot.
Consensus already has been reached on the vast majority of the project.
The project has been on the drawing boards for nearly two years and was tabled for a time. After the committee reconvened, there were still questions about the scope and cost of the project.
It has been scaled back to $1.13 million and will focus on making the campus safer, dealing with drainage in the north parking lot, improving signage, lighting and other features.