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Hinsdale District 86 outlines capital project wish list for 2014

Eric Martzolf, assistant principal at Hinsdale South High School, Bill Walsh, assistant principal at Hinsdale Central, and Ed Corcoran, vice-president of the District 86 School Board (facing the camera left to right) discuss projects at the Dec. 11 Facilities Committee meeting. | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media

Eric Martzolf, assistant principal at Hinsdale South High School, Bill Walsh, assistant principal at Hinsdale Central, and Ed Corcoran, vice-president of the District 86 School Board (facing the camera left to right) discuss projects at the Dec. 11 Facilities Committee meeting. | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media

Hinsdale High School District 86 is compiling its capital projects for next year.

The district staff was asked to identify what work they think is needed and came up with a list of more than 50 items at Hinsdale Central and more than 75 items at Hinsdale South.

They ranged from structural work, such as repairing roofs and storm drains, to improving services by remodeling the library at Central and enlarging the band and choir rooms at South.

The most costly projects suggested, with an estimate of $15 million each, were a new swimming pool at Hinsdale Central and a new fieldhouse for Hinsdale South.

School administrators had a much shorter list of high priority items they discussed at a Facilities Committee meeting.

Eric Martzolf, assistant principal at South, recommended adding a serving line for students in the cafeteria, renovating the restrooms near the gymnasium and auditorium, and updating the concession stand and ticket booth.

Adding the serving line is estimated to cost $46,200. Preliminary estimates for the restrooms are $250,000 and for the concession and ticket booth about $300,000.

Martzolf said students in the free and reduced lunch program are restricted to using certain cafeteria lines, which have become too long.

“Students are spending 15 to 16 minutes of a 25-minute lunch period waiting in line,” Martzolf said.

Hinsdale Central administrators propose relocating the loading dock and building and grounds office to make more room for classrooms.

“We are in dire need of curricular space, general classrooms,” said William Walsh, assistant principal in charge of operations at Central. “We have study halls in the balcony of the gymnasium,” while activities are going on in the gym.

Facilities committee chairman Ed Corcoran advised the administrators to continue to refine the list, identifying who is backing each project, the reasons for the improvements, and what the “measurable project objectives” would be.

Corcoran also said they are considering projects for 2014, and not necessarily summer 2014 projects. It may be that some work could be done for a lower cost if done during the school year, if it would not interfere with the students.

Projects originally intended to be done this past summer are still wrapping up.

Pat Hurley, director of building and grounds at Central, said the work is 98 percent done.

Bob Adamik, who has the same position at South, said the locker room renovation is finished, although some equipment for the trainers’ room has not been delivered yet.

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