Students at Crossroads Middle and West Oakview Elementary schools are being greeted with a change this year right at the front doors. Vestibule construction and main office renovations recently wrapped up at both schools.
All buildings will have safety vestibules as part of a combination of 2018 sinking fund project dollars and a $36.7 million, no-mill increase bond request for building and systems improvements throughout the district, which passed in May.
After the recent bond passage, Rockford Construction and Tower Pinkster began design work with the district on East Oakview Elementary. Deputy Superintendent Liz Cotter said that work is planned to start next summer, and will include a secure vestibule and renovated main office; an improved student drop-off area; classroom renovations such as new heating and cooling, carpet, ceilings, furniture and lighting; asphalt replacement; and playground work.
Other improvements to be funded by the May bond approval, expected to be started in 2022, include adding multi-purpose spaces and upgrading major systems and classrooms at other elementary and middle schools, as well as to parking and security. Improvements to the Performing Arts Center and system upgrades also are planned at the high school.
Northview’s May 2020 bond approval: breakdown of improvements by building