It’s beginning to look more and more like Brookfield-LaGrange Park Elementary School District 95 is getting serious about a pitch to build a kindergarten through second grade center on the site of Madlin Park, just west of S.E. Gross Middle School.

It’s gotten one board member, Brian Conroy, concerned enough that last weekend he sent out a mass email to local officials and residents asking them to oppose the proposal. 

Strangely, despite the fact that a majority of the board appears to favor this plan and the superintendent has had the school district architect prepare some preliminary drawings, the public hasn’t appeared too worried over the loss of green space or what would surely be a tax referendum to pay for such a plan.

Any such plan would have to have the blessing of the village of Brookfield, which owns half of the park.

Our advice to the school district is to start rolling out exactly what it’s thinking about to the public in a way that’s clear and includes potential costs, benefits and pitfalls. The district really ought to find out more clearly what the Proviso Township voters of Brookfield want to do with this plan, given that they may also be footing the bill for life-safety bonds at the high school and for the construction of a new library in the next couple of years.

A new grade-level center in Brookfield would be a dramatic change in the way education is delivered to District 95 families, and a new building in the neighborhood would be a big change for neighbors who for decades have simply looked out at green space.

This is kind of a big deal. It needs to be treated as such.