School Board Considers List of Potential Elementary School Building Improvements

A list of proposed upgrades to North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School was presented to the school board Tuesday. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin says architectural firm Fanning Howey visited the school on June 6.

“In summary, Fanning Howey felt like the facility was well-maintained – so kudos to our maintenance staff – and that the existing structure is in good condition. So in about two years, we will address some of those major areas that need to be improved”

Some potential improvements may include upgrades to the windows, roof, and exterior doors, along with flashing and tuck-pointing work. Inside the elementary school, the architects noted that the gym, cafeteria, and some of the classrooms are too small, and some of the rooms need to be repurposed. They also recommended renovating the restrooms, replacing the gym bleachers, and upgrading plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems. Flooring, walls, and ceilings may get improvements, as well.

In addition to the elementary school, Fanning Howey also suggested some improvements at the bus garage and equipment maintenance area.

The firm will continue working on plans and cost estimates, according to Superintendent Zupin. More details will be discussed during the school board’s August meeting. The plan is to be able to do the work without raising the school district’s property taxes.