• USD 207 board discusses Patton plans

  • Patton Junior High School is on track to move to the former MacArthur Elementary School off Biddle Boulevard within the next five years, according to an update representatives from Hollis + Miller Architects gave at the July 29 Unified School District 207 board meeting.

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  • Ellie Melero | Public Affairs Intern
    Patton Junior High School is on track to move to the former MacArthur Elementary School off Biddle Boulevard within the next five years, according to an update representatives from Hollis + Miller Architects gave at the July 29 Unified School District 207 board meeting.
    The board approved the recommendation to move Patton to the old MacArthur building at its regular board meeting Nov. 29, 2018, and Hollis + Miller has been working to come up with blueprints for the renovations.
    By June, the architects had come up with three possible plans, and they said they have been listening to the input of the board and Patton faculty to work on a schematic that combines the most liked elements of the two most popular plans. Some of these elements include having the public part of the school — where the auditorium and gym are — separated from the rest of the school to provide more security, as well as housing ninth grade on a second level.
    “It was some excellent work,” said Myron Griswold, board president. “Today wasn’t a decision briefing, but it gives us an idea what the Hollis + Miller is thinking, and also what the superintendent and his staff is thinking. I’m pleased with the progress that they’ve made.”
    Hollis + Miller plans to have a finished schematic to present to the board by Aug. 20.
    In other news, the board approved the school budgets for the 2019-20 school year. Each elementary school in the district has a budget of $29,000 and Patton has a budget of $49,000. The entire district has a budget of $43,256,223, which is an increase from last year because of funding for the new Patton building as well as 1.86 percent salary increases.
    Additionally, the board approved the budget for professional development and subscriptions for the 2019-20 schoolyear.
    “I’m happy with the fiscal financial stewardship of the resources that are available to the district,” Griswold said. “We had a discussion about professional development for our teachers, the certified staff and the classified staff. That’s one thing that I’m proud of … I’m also very pleased that we’re doing more, being more rigorous in having more of that professional development for our classified staff.”
    Griswold also said he was pleased to hear student enrollment at Patton is growing. Sixty-two ninth-graders are enrolled, an increase from the 34 who were enrolled at this time last year.
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