I am excited to announce that Kilmer School will receive a much-needed new roof and repairs to its building facade and interior walls.
Stop gap measures already are underway to repair some of the interior walls and prevent additional water damage, but work on replacing the roof cannot take place logistically until after school is over for the summer. Officials at Chicago Public Schools CPS tell me it will take two summers to fully install the roof and complete the exterior facade work at an estimated cost of $5-10 million.
This good news is due in no small measure to the dogged determination of Kilmer Principal Jean Papagianis, who is a fierce advocate for her school, and Kilmer’s local school council, who kept the need for a new roof front and center. As they mounted a public campaign, I worked behind the scenes with CPS leadership and Mayor Emanuel to move Kilmer’s new roof off the planning stage and to the front of the line.
It’s this same kind of partnership with community leaders and residents that helped me advocate successfully for a school addition to Kilmer and the construction of Jordan and New Field Schools and the Gale Academy annex, as well as many other infrastructure improvements over the years.
CPS just recently completed a new roof for Field School at a cost of $4.7 million. It also committed recently to $2 million worth of modernization efforts at Sullivan High School, including a complete upgrade of all IT software/infrastructure and new devices for every student and an upgrade to their science lab. Sullivan is one of only two CPS high schools to receive this investment.
In all, our Rogers Park Schools have received $16.7 million in completed or planned capital improvements since 2011 and $81.5 million since 1993, the earliest year for which CPS had records.
Below is a school-by-school summary of the capital improvement (i.e., infrastructure) dollars each school has received since 1993:
The relatively small amount of capital dollars received by Jordan and New Field since 2011 is due entirely to the fact they are new schools with relatively small capital improvement needs. Jordan’s construction was completed in 1993 and New Field was constructed in 2002.
Though we have made considerable progress, our schools still have many unmet capital needs. I will continue to join with our principals, teachers, LSC members and community residents in advocating for all our schools.