In an effort to spread the word on the extent of planned renovations to Riverside-Brookfield High School and the March 21 referendum to allow the issuance of $58.8 million in bonds to finance the project, the District 208 board will host an informational meeting in the school’s Little Theater on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m.
“This is the chance for the community to see the drawings and ask questions,” said District 208 Superintendent/Principal Jack Baldermann.
The district’s architects will present their latest plans and will answer questions from the public.
“They will present the most up-to-date concepts,” said school board member Bill McCloskey, who is the chair of Citizens for Riverside-Brookfield High School the citizens’ group that is seeking to mobilize support for the referendum.
While architect’s plans are not completely set in stone, the plans presented Thursday will be what the district intends to follow if the referendum is approved, according to both Baldermann and McCloskey.
The district and its architects, Wight & Company, held two previous public forums at RB, one in November and one in December, to get public reaction and disclosed preliminary plans and options in December.
Since then the architects, reacting to what they heard at the public forums and financial constraints, altered and downsized their plans.
In the concept presented to the board on Jan. 10, the historic front facade on the south side of the school would remain as is. The 86,000-square-feet expansion of the school will take place on the northwest and northeast corners of the school’s property. The plan calls for building a new community wellness center, a new swimming pool, 14 new science labs and nine new general education classrooms. The plan also calls for the extensive renovation of the mechanical, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning systems in the existing building.
If the bond referendum is approved by voters, the owner of a house worth $300,000 would have to pay an additional $238.03 a year in property taxes, according to district Business Manager John Gibson. The additional taxes on a home worth $200,000 would be $158.68 annually and the owners of a home worth $500,000 would pay an additional $396.71 a year in property taxes.