Illini West High School

More Discussion Planned
4:59 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Illini West Reviews Building Survey

Illini West Superintendent Kim Schilson

It appears the public remains interested in the idea of a new Illini West High School.

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Survey for Bond Issue
10:23 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Illini West Developing Building Plan

Illini West Superintendent Kim Schilson

Two west-central Illinois school districts will work together on a short-term building plan.

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Bond Issue Revised
6:14 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Illini West to Try Referendum Again

Superintendent Kim Schilson
Credit Jason Parrott

The Illini West High School District is not giving up on the idea of building a new high school.

The Board of Education agreed to put an $8 million bond issue on the April ballot. Voters rejected a $9 million issue in November 2012, so Superintendent Kim Schilson said the board decided to pare back the request.

“One of the things we were trying to look at was trying to reduce the cost, lower the tax rate on the bond, and hopefully that will help with getting the vote through,” Schilson said.

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Steering Committee is Organizing
1:40 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Committee Will Promote New Illini West Building

Proposed site for new Illini West H.S.

The Illini West School District will put a nine-million dollar bond issue before voters November 6th. If approved, it would pay for the district's share of construction of a new high school building.

Superintendent Kim Schilson says a steering committee has begun organizing to promote the bond issue.

She says, “That's one of the things they'll be working on. Forming their committees and getting organized as to exactly how they're going to attack the referendum issue. I know there will be FACT newsletters going out. That'll be the first thing.”

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Next to current building
12:47 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

New Illini West High School Site Chosen

Future site of Illini West High School

The Illini West School Board spent a year evaluating potential sites for a new high school.  It chose a location next door.  It is just east of the current high school's parking lot.

The 40-acre site is farmland that is currently covered by tall,  green and brown corn plants.

Those who were hoping for a central location will be disappointed.

But Superintendent Kim Schilson says such a location would come with some expensive problems to solve.

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