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Burlington Central voters choose to expand

Voters in Central School District 301, based in Burlington, Illinois, northwest of Chicago, approved a $22 million bond request Tuesday that will fund the construction of 12 classrooms and a field house at Burlington Central High School to accommodate growing enrollment, the Daily Herald reports.

Burlington Central music programs collage (school website)

“We are grateful to the referendum committee, community members, the Central Education Foundation, district students, teachers and administrators, who volunteered their time to canvass neighborhoods, host or attend community information meetings,” the district wrote on its website. “Construction for Phase 1 is currently underway and Phase 2 will begin in the spring of 2017. … Both phases of the high school expansion are expected to be completed with a grand opening August 2018.”

  • Votes for: 5,490 votes (55%)
  • Votes against: 3,969 (45%)

The owner of a $300,000 home will pay an additional $235 in annual property taxes, and the bond will be repaid in 20 years with yearly payments in principal and interest of about $1.6 million.

Enrollment at the high school was 1,051 students this year, as of the September reporting date, and it will most likely exceed 1,100 students, which is the school’s official capacity, by 58 students in the 2018-19 school year, growing to an estimated 1,214 by 2019-20.

The high school’s band room will expand first and take until next August to complete. Next would be a 12-classroom addition and a fully equipped field house.

District 301 comprises Burlington Central High School, two middle schools, and four elementary schools, serving a total of 3,848 students, 11 percent of whom are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Over all, 67.5 percent of the district’s students are white, 15.7 percent Hispanic, and 10.7 percent Asian.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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