April 4, 2017 Bond Referendum Fact Page
In 2010, the District adopted a Master Facilities Plan (MFP) to provide a roadmap for all future construction projects. In December of 2014, the Board of Education determined that the plan should be updated and that the next step should break down that plan into buildable projects and prioritize them.
Beginning in January 2015, the Board sought the input of community members, staff and parents to serve on Functional Teams in project-specific areas. In the summer of 2015, those Functional Teams submitted their reports to the Board. In September of 2015, the Steering Committee reviewed each Functional Team report and presented their recommendations with a list of prioritized recommendations for each area to the Board. The Board adopted an updated, comprenhensive Master Facilities Plan on January 19, 2016.
Since January 2016, the Board has spent several months evaluating and prioritzing projects. In May of 2016 a 35-member Citizens Task Force (CTF) representing both the Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South attendance areas examined in detail the projects identified by the Steering Committee. The CTF also reviewed the input from a community-wide mail survey and data from a scientific phone poll. After much work, the CTF presented their recommendations to the Board in July, 2016. Also during this time, the Board continued to evaluate projects, bringing the entire MFP from $130.8 million to a final number of $79.9 million.
On August 15, 2016, the Board voted against putting the $79.9 million bond referendum on the November 8, 2016 ballot.
The Board brought up the MFP again in September 2016 during discussions to address classroom space issues at Hinsdale Central. A January 4 Facilities Committee Meeting discussed the assessment of the District's two pools and how those projects could be addressed potentially as part of a bond referendum in April 2017. On January 9, 2017, the Board voted to adopt a resolution to put a $76 million bond referendum on the April 4 ballot.
At the February 6 Committee of the Whole meeting, the Board was presented with an averge of three impartial cost estimates by Construction Management firms. The numbers were calculated to arrive at an estimation that would be more precise than relying solely on the architect's calculations. The Board determined at the meeting that it would meet again to discuss and reduce scope.
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Click on the Master Facilities Plan tab on the left for the information related to the Master Facilities Plan process, including the work and reports completed by the Functional Teams, Steering Committee, Citizen's Task Force, the community engagement and polling firms.