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Public Meeting Tonight for District 113 Improvement Plan

The first of three public forums for residents to weigh in on proposed improvements at Deerfield and Highland Park high schools will be held tonight.

The first of three community engagement meetings for District 113 residents to give input on the Long Range Facility Plan for Deerfield and Highland Park high schools will be held this evening at . 

 according to Natalie Kaplan, director of communications for District 113, in an email communication dated Aug. 16.

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Since then, , and Gilbane, a construction management firm, as well as , Kaplan said. 

Perkins+Will will present differing information at the meeting tonight and two subsequent meetings; residents are encouraged to attend all of them to express viewpoints and get a full picture of the plan.  

Following tonight's meeting at 7 p.m. at Deerfield High School, the next two public meetings, Oct. 2 and Nov. 27, are both scheduled for 7 p.m. at . 

David Greenberg September 04, 2012 at 08:59 PM
BDB: You realize that Mr. Lambrecht has attended more Board meetings than just about anyone in this Community? As far as someone who's involved - he is. The point he makes is that spending more money does not equate to a better education. Other Districts that spend less have better results. We can argue about demographics all day long - but the fact is that the Community has been looking for a better plan. A long-range plan that focuses on needs instead of wants. One which will improve the educational quality of the Students. I've gladly participated in the meetings to help guide a new plan, and look forward to the beginning of the presentations this evening. Mr. Lambrecht has also chimed in as a member of the Public. Have you? Perhaps we'll never know since you choose to use a pseudonym, but I'd like to hope that you have and will continue to do so.
Bringin' Down Briarwood September 04, 2012 at 10:23 PM
David, please don't start me on a worse note than the usual blah-blah-blah propaganda has already put me. NOWHERE did I even come in the ballpark of saying that Carl has not attended any meetings. So let's try to at least get those facts straight. I won't even address the cheap attempt to discredit with the - yawwwwwwwwn - pseduonym comment. Try and stay on the topic at hand.
Sue Richman October 04, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Given the disconnect between what the School Board last year was trying to jam down on the community and the lopsided vote on the referendum- the Board should have resigned and allowed a new group to represent the interests of the District- what they are attempting now is a rerun- what will it take to convince these freespenders that the community wants to provide a quality education without bankrupting ourselves
Walter (Tripp) Hainsfurther October 04, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Sue: There was an election last year and several of the incumbents were re-elected. I believe that it could be said the community believed that the school board was generally representative of them, but did not like the referendum. Why that was case is a matter of discussion. BTW, there is another election in April where the community may or may not make a change.
David Greenberg October 04, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Actually, I haven't seen any evidence of a rerun. What I have seen, and participated in, has been a process where everything is being analyzed in detail - unlike the previous referendum (i.e. what we're doing now is what we ought to have done prior to the previous referendum). The schools do have lots of needs - but there's many options to be reviewed for meeting those needs. In some cases we may be able to repurpose or refurbish something we have already to meet the need (saves money, still accomplishes the educational purposes), and in others it's going to be more cost effective from an investment standpoint to simply build new. How we get there will be the big question, and that's why a Master Plan is being developed. So we can focus on the most pressing needs first, but know where we're going next and plan accordingly. We won't know where the money needs to come from until we have cost estimates - it could be a referendum (of currently unknown amount), using existing budgetary dollars, or some combination thereof. Right now there's a lot of options that have been generated and which are being looked at - which is precisely what we asked the architects and cost managers to do. Next month we ought to have some numbers to chew on...

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