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District 203 Facilities Update

At the latest District 203 Board of Education meeting, it was announced that Terry Fielden will continue in his role as President.

Fielden’s leadership was called into question at an August board meeting, right before an already scheduled self-evaluation and mediation.

After their second round of mediation with a representative from the Illinois Association of School Boards, the 203 board reported a successful outcome and hopes to refine functionality and effectiveness as they move forward.

The board also received an update on facility maintenance at some of the District’s 22 schools.

Each year, roughly seven million dollars is spent to repair, maintain and improve the District’s 2.3 million square feet of building space.

“We are fortunate in this district that our work and our look at facilities is an ongoing and regular process. And that we’re able to put attention to our facilities annually, it certainly prevents us from finding us in situations of disrepair or too many crisis issues,” said Dan Bridges, Superintendent for District 203.

So far this year, the boiler and energy management system was replaced at Beebe, Kingsley got a new roof and Jefferson’s entrance was redone to improve building security and reduce energy consumption.

Madison and Washington both replaced outdated fan units with a more efficient and cost effective set of wall fans.

North replaced their HVAC system, utilizing a helicopter to move the old units out and bring the new units in. And both North and Central saw construction on their chemistry labs to better fit the needs of students, following a change in science curriculum.

Updates are also slated for the entrances of North, Highlands, Ellsworth and Naper, to improve their safety and functionality.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.


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