Dist. Glenview 34 celebrates near-complete renovations at Springman Middle School
“Glenview understands the value of education,” School Dist. 34 Supt. Dane Delli said before the ribbon was cut on the newly renovated Springman Middle School on the afternoon of Monday, September 12.
Delli said the project, part of a larger series of district-wide renovations and building additions, is enabling full-day kindergarten for the first time in district history this year. The district-wide construction projects were funded in part by a $119 million referendum bond issue.
More Dist. 34 school ribbon cuttings are scheduled for the coming days and weeks at Westbrook School at 5 p.m. on Monday, September 19, Henking School at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, and Lyon School at 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 21.
Delli said work in Springman and throughout the district isn’t complete, but a tour of the building showed most improvements in public areas of the school are complete.
Dave Tosh cut the ribbon to Springman, a Glenview Park Board commissioner who worked in Springman from 1963 to 1994 and continues to volunteer at the school daily.
Delli said one of the significant renovations was to Springman’s gymnasium, which is now large enough for the whole school to gather for a gymnasium assembly at once. Due to a lack of capacity, prior to the renovations, Springman officials were forced to hold multiple assemblies, dividing assembly attendance by grade.
Touring the building with district officials found more natural light streaming through windows to interior courtyards, wider staircases, wider hallways, newly updated classroom furnishings including desks standing, floor, and regular table-level seating, with most chairs, tables, desks, and even some cabinets, on casters to more quickly transform classrooms for different types of learning environments.
In addition to public spaces, Springman and other schools have seen renovations to mechanical rooms, roofs, heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems.
Supt. for business services, Eric Miller said the district’s overall project had experienced cost overruns, but said he and other district officials, architects and project managers were working to reduce those costs.
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