The Lyons Board of Education has scheduled a public vote on a proposed $55 million Capital Improvement project on August 30 to renovate and upgrade various district buildings and facilities.
The ambitious plan includes reconstruction of the Middle/High School Building, Elementary School Building, and the former Lyons Community Center Building. Additionally, it introduces an elevated pedestrian walkway to connect the high school with the community center and proposes significant structural enhancements at the Elementary School, with the 5th and 6th grades planned to join the junior high.
According to Superintendent Matt Barr, the initiative represents an opportunity for Lyons Community and School District to be on par with neighboring districts. He emphasized the proposed project is fully funded through the District’s existing Capital Reserve Fund, District Fund Balance monies, and a tax levy of $48,700,000, subject to state aid and other revenues.
An integral part of the project will be expanding the Pre-K program to include all 3 and 4-year-old students, facilitating earlier access to formal education, and leading to long-term academic benefits. Barr further stated that these improvements would make Lyons a more attractive destination for visitors and families. An open forum for the public to learn more about the project will be held on August 8th.
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