D86 Voters Approve April 2 Bond Proposition
Hinsdale, IL – April 2, 2019 – Voters in District 86 have approved the April ballot proposition to allow the Board to sell $139 million in bonds for capital projects at Hinsdale South and Hinsdale Central.
“Our community values its schools and through this vote has said it wants its facilities to be sound in their infrastructure and as safe and secure as we can make them,” said Dr. Bruce Law, superintendent of Hinsdale Township High School District 86. “Our community rightfully demands excellence from its high schools, and soon our facilities will be on par with the outstanding instruction going on inside them.”
As a result of the referendum passing, the Board will meet April 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hinsdale South cafeteria to begin reversing the cuts approved in December which would have paid for mandatory safety and security upgrades and infrastructure repairs. The bonds approved by voters will now fund the upgrades and repairs instead.
To begin the process of modernizing District 86 facilities, the Board is expected to provide authorization to the administration on April 3 to seek proposals to engage a construction management firm. After the construction manager is selected this spring, the architect will begin making detailed drawings for the competitive bid process so work can begin as soon as possible. Overseeing this entire process will be the owner’s representative serving the Board of Education, a firm that has expertise in architecture and construction, to represent the Board’s interests. A representative from that oversight firm will attend the April 3 Board meeting. In addition, a Facilities Community Oversight Committee will be on the agenda for the incoming Board of Education.
“District 86 was neutral with respect to the outcome of the referendum vote, and from that neutral position it was evident that there was passion on both sides,” said Bill Carpenter, District 86 board president. “Whether you feel disappointed or elated by the outcome of the vote, now is the time to put our values above our differences and work together to create the schools our students and this community deserve.”
Election results can be found at the following websites:
Cook County: https://electionnight.cookcountyclerk.com/
DuPage County: https://www.dupageresults.com/IL/DuPage/
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