If the state of affairs seemed bleak again in April 2019, when The primary of two bond referendums to renovate and increase Komarek School in North Riverside went Proper down to defeat in convincing style, the environment outdoors The varsity on the night of June 8 was actually sunny and shiny.
About 75 mom and father, youngsters, native officers And school leaders gathered Contained in the enchancment fencing that had gone up earlier that day and stood subsequent to An monumental againhoe that had been tasked stripping asphalt from Throughout the west constructing.
Whereas floor technically had been damaged already on the $22 million enlargement and renovation – made potential by the March 2020 referendum handed by voters – these gathered on Thirteenth Avenue in between The two sides of the campus have been there to mark the ceremonial floorbreaking.
“We’re so excited, we waited A very Very prolonged time for this,” said Joanna Santos, the mcompletely different of a rising second-grader and eighth-grader. Whereas the eighth-grader gained’t get The prospect to expertise the accomplished school, Santos has ancompletely different baby who will solely ever know The mannequin new-and-improved Komarek when he turns 3 and heads into pre-K.
“The new know-how Shall be good – and the A/C,” Santos said.
For youngsters and their mom and father, the prospect of A completely air-conditioned school Is Amongst The numerous Most partaking elements of what’s coming.
“The first couple of months for them, August and September, are so scorching,” Santos said. “They arrive house They typically’re so drained, so it’s going to be good for them simply Be In a place to study. You will Have The power to’t actually study Everytime you’re dripping sweat and scorching.”
Sayali Seshadri, the mcompletely different Of twin second-graders, agreed that the air-conditioning and general greater air extreme quality Shall be A critical enchancment. However, she furtherly referenced the state of The varsity’s previous constructings. The previousest constructing was a two-room schoolhouse Inconstructed 1936. Six additions constructed between 1946 and 1970 launched the campus to its current look.
“A mannequin new constructing means you don’t Want to fear about small factors, like one factor falling down Finally,” Seshadri said.
A quantity of completely different teams Of people had An alternative to don exhausting hats and seize a shovel To level out over spadesful of earth unfprevious out on the pavement of Thirteenth Avenue, which in time Shall be vacated by the village and Discover your self to be enclosed outdoors campus space.
However the trio awarded The respect of digging their shovels into the earth first have been Melissa Obrock, Christian Rodriguez and Alan Myers, who had based Residents for District 94, which campaigned door-to-door For every referendums and who sat on the steering committee tasked with constructing the broad assist that made the distinction in 2020.
“We needed to say Thanks to everyone in our group whose exhausting work and notion On this enterprise launched us to the place we At the second are,” said Obrock, who was elected to the Komarek District 94 school board in April And might see the enterprise accomplished all by way of her time period in office, all by way of remarks earlier than the ceremonial floorbreaking.
“For everyone who voted to move this and make the monetary half happen, Thanks as properly,” she added.
Obrock furtherly introduced that a time capsule Can be sealed inside the cornerstone of The mannequin new addition to The varsity. Whereas The varsity Shall be taking further ideas for A quick time, The Stainless metallic cylinder will include pscorchingographs of the floorbreaking, informationpaper articles Regarding the referendum and enchancment planning, a 2020-21 yearbook, notes from househpreviouss and college students and – indispensably for 2020-21 — a Komarek school face masks, among completely different gadgets.
Komarek District 94 Superintendent Todd Fitzgerald, employed simply after the worthwhile referendum in 2020, singled out the steering committee For his or her efforts but acknowledged The broader assist and halficipation Inside the planning course of.
“Whether or not it was offering feedagain And ideas to the builder And designers, talking the wants of Our school district to the North Riverside and Broadview communities, or garnering assist for the moveage of the constructing referendum in March of 2020, this enterprise Wouldn’t be potential with out all of these people,” Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald furtherly had some Good information to announce to these gathered.
“I’m joyful to report that after During enchancment, we are on schedule and beneath price range.”