In April, the District 65 School Board approved seeking bids to establish a secure entrance at Chute Middle School. On May 13, John Castellana of TMP Architecture told the Board’s Finance Committee the bids could be obtained in June and presented to the Board in August, and the work could be completed by mid-November. He said he thought the work, estimated to cost about $127,000,  could be done after school started without any disruption at the school.

Mr. Castellana also proposed a solution for the bars at the front of Chute, which some students have said, make the school look like a “prison.” He said he thought the best way would be to install safety glass between the pillars at the front of the building. He said the glass would also prevent snow from building up on the stairs close to the building. This would enable the District “to get rid of the bars,” he said. Mr. Castellana said he would estimate the cost of installing the safety glass and report back to the Board.

The Board also approved submitting an application for a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois State Board of Education to be used toward the cost of establishing safe entrances at Kingsley Elementary School and the Joseph E. Hill Administration Building. The estimated cost of these two projects is approximately $100,000. If the grant is approved, this work could go ahead in late summer or early fall.

Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...