The Superintendent shall manage the District’s facilities and grounds as well as facility construction and building programs in accordance with the law, the standards set forth in this policy, and other applicable Board policies. The Superintendent or designee shall cooperate with and facilitate:
Inspections of schools by the Regional Superintendent and State Fire Marshal or designee, and
Review of plans and specifications for future construction or alterations of a school if requested by the relevant municipality, county (if applicable), or fire protection district.
Standards for Managing Buildings and Grounds
All District buildings and grounds shall be adequately maintained in order to provide an appropriate, safe, and energy-efficient physical environment for learning and teaching. The Superintendent or designee shall provide the Board with periodic reports on maintenance data and projected maintenance needs that include cost analysis.
Standards for Facility Construction and Building Programs
As appropriate, the School Board will authorize the production of a comprehensive study to determine the need for facility construction and expansion. On an annual basis, the Superintendent or designee shall provide the Board with projected facility needs, enrollment trends, and other data impacting facility use.
When making decisions pertaining to design and construction of school facilities, the School Board will confer with members of the staff and community, the Illinois State Board of Education, and educational and architectural consultants, as it deems appropriate. The Board’s facility goals are:
Integrate facilities planning with other aspects of planning and goal-setting.
Base educational specifications for school buildings on identifiable student needs.
Design buildings for sufficient flexibility to permit new or modified programs.
Design buildings for maximum potential for community use.
Meet or exceed all safety requirements.
Meet requirements on the accessibility of school facilities to disabled persons as specified in State or federal law.
Provide for low maintenance costs and energy efficiency.
Naming Buildings and Facilities
Recognizing that the name for a school building, facility, or ground or field reflects on its public image, the Board’s primary consideration will be to select a name that enhances the credibility and stature of the school or facility. Any request to name or rename an existing facility should be submitted to the superintendent. When a facility is to be named or renamed, the Board President will appoint a special committee to consider nominations and make a recommendation, along with supporting rationale, to the Board. The Board will make the final selection.
LEGAL REF.: 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.
105 ILCS 5/10-22.36, 5/17.2.11, and 230/5-1 et seq.
820 ILCS 130/0.01 et seq.
Ill.Admin.Code Part 151, School Construction Program, and Part 180, Health/Life Safety Code for Public Schools
CROSS REF.: 2:150, 2:170, 4:60, 8:70
ADOPTED: October 4, 1999
REVISED: May 22, 2006; February 28, 2013