FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, May 1, 2015
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CPS Office of Communications Phone: 773-553-1620 Website: http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today released its proposed $160.3 million capital budget for fiscal year 2016 (FY 16) that limits investments to only previously announced projects and funding for emergency repairs and maintenance. This budget includes $113 million from CPS and $47 million from the City of Chicago, the Federal e-rate program and other sources.
The proposed capital budget does keep the commitment to projects already announced. Just over $10 million will go towards overcrowding relief at Dore and Mount Greenwood. The Mount Greenwood project consists of a six modular classrooms to address the growing population. Dore will receive an eight classroom modular addition to temporarily relieve severe overcrowding while design starts on a more permanent solution.
The FY16 capital plan proposes nearly $69 million in roof, chimney and other building condition projects to address the most urgent needs throughout the District in order to keep students safe, warm and dry. Facility needs investments include roofs at Saucedo, Collins and De Diego, as well as chimneys at Alcott, Manierre, McCormick and Sumner.
In addition, Tilden will receive urgent masonry repair, and needed structural renovations will be completed at Crown and Shields. CPS also plans to complete a piping replacement at Douglass, and finish phase II of the Lane Tech major renovation started last year.
Within the capital budget, CPS will invest $20.9 million to continue to install in air conditioning, upgrade IT infrastructure, address programmatic needs, improve athletic fields, and continue work on the district’s playground initiatives.
In 2013, fewer than half of the CPS campuses had air conditioning in every classroom. Since 2013, CPS has installed air conditioning at 177 CPS schools and after the newest air conditioners are installed at 35 schools this summer, only 65 school campuses will remain without air conditioners.
A proposed allocation of $10.6 million will improve technology to enhance learning. Improved internet access through upgraded data networks will be provided for 50 schools for $8.5 million. Nearly $4 million in Federal e-rate funding will help to reach the $8.5 million. IT will spend the remaining $2.1 million on projects to keep the District’s computer system updated.
To help inform students, parents, teachers and community members about the FY 16 capital budget and its proposed investments, CPS has also today updated the interactive web application that shows school-by-school improvements scheduled for FY 16 and the next four years. This web application is available at www.cps.edu/capitalplanwww.cps.edu/capitalplan