Based on a recommendation from the Washington School Space Utilization Committee, which met most recently on June 18 and July 8 to review options, the D64 Board of Education at its July 15, 2019 meeting approved the preparation of bid documents for a two-story addition at Washington.
The plan would add four, full-size classrooms with two of the classrooms outfitted to be split into two smaller classrooms, if needed. Student restrooms on both floors also would be added, and a staff restroom would be added on the second floor along with two storage areas and a janitor's closet. On the first floor, the janitor's closet and staff restroom would be relocated to the new addition, allowing the reconfiguration of these areas into two spaces for students to receive services, such as speech.
The Board must take a final step of approving bids, once received, before the work would go forward. The current estimated cost of the project is $4.2 million; the addition is intended to be available for the 2020-21 school year.
Also at the July 15 meeting, the Board received an update on outfitting of the stage area in Field School's Multi Purpose Room addition, and also reviewed progress on the status of about $8 million in work across the District this summer, including major projects at Carpenter and Franklin in addition to Field.