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School district tweaking design of proposed building addition

GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju updated community members, students and staff on the proposed building addition Thursday at the district’s first community school luncheon of the new school year.

Glencoe-Silver Lake is nailing down the details on its planned $24.19 million addition, right down to where there should be a water fountain or shelving.
Superintendent Chris Sonju gave a brief update on the building project at GSL’s first community school lunch Thursday, Sept. 24.
“We’re still tweaking … changing a wall here or a doorway there,” said Sonju.
Sonju said the project includes “opening up” the current high school to give it more of a college campus feel, with “pods” in which students can gather and plug in their electronic devices, such as tablets and laptops.
Current kitchen space in the high school will be revamped for music and technology, Sonju said.
A major change to the junior high expansion is that new classrooms will be added to the north end of Lincoln Junior High, rather than the original plan to add them to the front of the high school. An addition to the north part of the high school will include multi-functional space.
The gap between Lincoln Junior High School and the high school — where a couple of tennis courts now exist — will include a new kitchen, cafeteria, and a two-court gymnasium.
The design will allow for separate serving and eating areas for younger and older students, while still providing an opportunity for different grade levels to mingle, said Sonju.
Sonju said the additional gym space is sorely needed. Although the new gym will provide two full courts, Sonju reminded the lunch group that GSL will lose one gym with the closing of Helen Baker Elementary.

For more, see the Sept. 30 print edition of The Chronicle.