Despite this month’s grand opening of the new mobile unit classrooms at Brook Park Elementary School, there will be a shortage of learning spaces at both Brook Park and S.E. Gross Middle School in the years to come.
To further alleviate classroom crowding in the coming school year, District 95 administrators have decided to explore relocating the district offices from S.E. Gross to a location in the Grand/Prairie commercial district of Brookfield.
Since last November, the district has been evaluating passing a resolution for the district to buy property to relocate the district headquarters. Superintendent Mark Kuzniewski says over the summer, a property has come available to the district in downtown Brookfield and that the district is actively pursuing the location.
“We see ourselves as a staple for the community and relocating to that area seems to make sense,” Kuzniewski said.
According to Kuzniewski, relocation of the district offices would allow for several options to rearrange classroom spaces for optimal use, including relocating the technology department to the space or bringing the district’s social worker and school psychologist out of “closet” size classrooms and into a more spacious environment.
The goal of the move would be to rearrange departments in order to free up other spaces for the middle school to use as well as prepare S.E. Gross for building renovations expected to take place in the future.
“The long-term picture is that any work that would be done to increase space at the middle school through a future renovation would more likely than not have this whole end of the building gutted and renovated, so at some point the district office is going to have to be relocated, whether it’s for immediate relief or relief for future expansion,” Kuzniewski said.
The new district office would house the superintendent’s office and would include a reception area, administrative offices and a conference room.
Kuzniewski declined to pinpoint the location of the desired property or the price being considered, because negotiations between the owner and district are ongoing. Kuzniewski said that if everything goes as planned, the district offices could occupy the new location by Jan. 1, 2016.
For questions or suggestions regarding the state of the district and current building projects, Kuzniewski has invited community members and district parents to attend Brook Park’s modular unit open house on Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Brook Park School is located at 30th Street and Harrison Avenue in LaGrange Park.