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|Study Areas a Top Priority for Steele Improvements
|District-205 officials and the implementation committee for Operation Rebuild Achievement are prioritizing the planned improvements for Steele Elementary School.
The Galesburg school district's implmentation committee met on Thursday, and Assistant Superintendent Guy Cahill says one of the top priorities among the group remains small group study areas.
He tells WGIL this is because they're critical for student achievement.
"These small group areas (are) with some proximity to their classrooms," Cahill said. "So that an instructional assistant could take two or three students out into the hallway to work on a particular concept, that's say, that they're having difficulty on grasping, while the teacher in the classroom continues on."
Cahill says the committee discussed how to design the space also, such as eliminating doors and leaving the area open and not enclosed.
The architect gave a presentation Thursday based on results from a design charrette for the school held recently, upping the project's $4.68 million dollar budget by more than a half a million dollars.
But Cahill says the architect was only putting a price tag on everything the teachers and committee brainstormed a few weeks ago, and further prioritizing will continue to meet the budget.
He says another proposal from Peoria-based PSA Dewberry could come in next month after the second tier of bids are delivered for renovations to Lombard Middle School.
The first portion of District-205's 10-year, $100 million dollar, Master Facilities Plan covers work to Lombard, Steele, and Galesburg High School. Work on Steele Elementary is expected to begin in the fall.
|03 23 12 by Newsroom
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