In 2018, Elmhurst CUSD 205 passed a $168 million referendum to make district-wide improvements to their learning environments. The first project as part of the construction program is a major renovation and expansion of Edison Elementary School.
The project will begin in the spring of 2020 and completion is targeted for summer 2021. Edison is one of the only district schools not landlocked so it is a logical starting point for construction. The expansion at Edison will then provide the district space to temporarily house students from Lincoln and Field Elementary Schools during subsequent construction projects at those learning facilities.
Edison was built in 1956 and houses grades K-5. The construction plans call for $18.1 million in improvements. An expansion will house four (4) new kindergarten classrooms and will ultimately provide the space needed to offer full-day kindergarten at the school.
A major reconfiguration of the existing school will update and arrange classrooms in a pinwheel fashion, revolving around a new focal-point media center. The media center will act as a hub of collaboration, technology and self-directed learning.
The renovation will also relocate and provide a new secure entry point and administrative offices. Life safety upgrades will be completed throughout the building, including electrical service upgrades and installation of a complete fire protection system. Last, ICI will provide a new outdoor play area for the school.